Following a lengthy trial that led to a guilty verdict for Eric Kay in the death of Los Angeles Angels pitcher, Tyler Skaggs, a new trial is set to begin as the family has filed another lawsuit.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Glenn Salter ruled against the Angels after they requested a dismissal of the suit. This could have hefty legal ramifications for the franchise if there is any prior knowledge of the situation, and unfortunately, among all the aftermath, Skaggs’ death is the circumstance.
Kay was charged with Skaggs’ death and sentenced to 22 years in federal prison for the distribution of a controlled substance, and according to Jeff Fletcher of the O.C. Register, a new case will begin next year:
A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the family of Tyler Skaggs against the Angels has been scheduled for a 20-day jury trial starting Oct. 2, 2023, in Orange County.
Orange County Superior Court Judge Glenn Salter set the trial date on Monday when he ruled against the Angels’ motion to have the suit dismissed. Salter found there was sufficient evidence provided by Skaggs’ family to warrant a trial in which a jury would determine if the Angels knew, or should have known, enough about the circumstances of Skaggs’ death to prevent it.
More than 79 witnesses were called to testify by the prosecution, which included numerous former Angels players including Matt Harvey, Andrew Heaney, C.J. Cron, Garrett Richards, Blake Parker, Cam Bedrosian, and Michael Morin.
This new development adds a new level to another story surrounding the Angels as their organization continues to juggle multiple pivotal decisions.
Eric Kay sentenced to 22 years in prison
Following the guilty verdict of the former Angels staffer, he was sentenced to 22 years in prison. The original indictment was for the distribution of a controlled substance that resulted in Skaggs’ death and conspiracy. The minimum sentence was 20 years, but Judge Terry Means believed Kay’s actions during sentencing proceedings earlier this year, were enough to warrant adding on additional time.
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