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Former Colleague Says Ex-Angels Employee Saw Tyler Skaggs Do Drugs

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According to testimony Monday, a former Los Angeles employee told a co-worker accused of supplying opioids that contributed to the overdose death of Tyler Scags that he saw the Angels pitcher drugged the day before he died in a hotel room in suburban Dallas.

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Eric Prescott K, who was charged with drug distribution and drug conspiracy, confessed to Adam Chodzko about two weeks after Skags died in 2019 that he was at Skagz’s house, Chodzko said at trial.

Who told Chodzko he turned down an offer from the Scags to take drugs with him, Chodzko testified. K had just returned to the team after rehab and was a subordinate of Chodzko on the Angels public relations staff at the time.

Who said he saw three lines of drugs on a table and saw Scags tear them up before leaving the room, according to Chodzko, who is now the Angels’ communications director.

One of K’s defense attorneys initially argued that K had no medical issues when he left his room. And a police detective testified on Monday – the fourth full day of testimony in Kay’s trial – that the caller lied about who last saw Skags just hours after his death.

In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angeles pitcher Tyler Scags pitches the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif.  Discussions began after Scags died to add tests for opioids, which were found dead.  In a Dallas-area hotel room on July 1, before the start of the series against the Texas Rangers.  (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)

In this June 29, 2019, file photo, Los Angeles Angeles pitcher Tyler Scags pitches the Oakland Athletics during a baseball game in Anaheim, Calif. Discussions began after Scags died to add tests for opioids, which were found dead. In a Dallas-area hotel room on July 1, before the start of the series against the Texas Rangers. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez, file)

Scags, 27, was found dead on July 1, 2019, after the team’s trip to Los Angeles and before the start of the four-game series against the Texas Rangers. A coroner’s report said Scags died of asphyxiation in his vomit and his system contained a toxic mixture of alcohol, fentanyl and oxycodone.

Kee worked as the team’s public relations manager on numerous road trips, and this was his first visit to Texas since returning from rehab. K was put on leave shortly after Scags’ death and did not return to the team.

Federal prosecutors allege that after the team arrived in Texas, K Scaggs received fake oxycodone pills containing fentanyl. The defense says there was no way to determine who gave Scaggs the last time in California and that fentanyl was the cause of his death.

Chris Lianos, who testified under immunity on Monday and admitted he was a drug dealer, said he speculated about a drug deal between Scags and Kay at a charity event at Angels. Leanos testified that he guarded a bathroom door after Skaggs entered.

Scags wanted oxycodone from Lianos a week or two before he died, Lianos testified. Leanos, who said he had been friends with Skaggs since 2007, said he had not dealt with oxycodone and warned Skaggs that the pills could be dangerous.

Defense attorney Michael Molfeta badgered Lianos during questioning, questioning how Lianos could say “whatever you want and can’t be tried for it.”

After trying to estimate how many drugs he’s bought from Lianos since 2018, Molpheta asked, “What’s the name and number of your cocaine supplier?” Lianos did not have to respond as the prosecution’s objection survived.

Southlake Police Sergeant Jonathan Macheka testified that he did not see Scags the night the team checked into the hotel. No one ever mentioned seeing drugs or using drugs, Macheka said.

Prosecutors detailed a number of communications allegations that K arranged to bring drugs to Angel Stadium, and retired DEA agent Michael Ferry said K sent several hundred dollars into multiple trades through former Angel pitchers Garrett Richards and Scags Venmore.

Richards is among seven Los Angeles players on the witness list. Andrew Heaney, one of the team’s close friends at Scags, gave evidence on the first day of the trial. Another witness is pitcher Matt Harvey, about whom the defense has made various suggestions for a drug-related relationship between him and the Scags.

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