Ed Buck who has been long alleged as responsible for the murder of at least two men, has been formally indicted by a Grand Jury in Los Angeles.
Photo above, from left to right: Timothy Dean, Ed Buck, and Gemmel Moore.
Buck, a prominent Democratic donor who has been under suspicion and accused of murder for years after two black men died of meth overdoses (Timothy Dean last January, Gemmel Moore in July 2017) at his West Hollywood apartment, has been arrested following another man’s overdose last month. The third man, who escaped Buck’s apartment, had the evidence authorities said they required to make an arrest.
“Sheriff’s investigators found hundreds of photographs in Buck’s home of men in compromising positions,” the L.A. Times reported.
Prosecutors called Buck a “violent, dangerous sexual predator” with “no regard for human life” who “mainly preys on men made vulnerable by addiction and homelessness.”
The indictment also accuses him of running a “drug house.”
“The indictment alleges that Buck provided meth to Gemmel Moore, who overdosed and died in July 2017, and Timothy Dean, who also overdosed and died in January 2019. Each of the charges related to the distribution of drugs resulting in death carries a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in federal prison and a maximum penalty of life without parole, officials said. Buck also faces three counts of distributing meth to men in May 2018, December 2018, and September 2019. Each of the three counts carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in federal prison, according to officials,” FoxLA said today.
Buck allegedly solicited victims on social media platforms, including a gay dating website, and used a recruiter to scout and proposition men,” said the Department of Justice in a news release. “Once the men were at his apartment, Buck allegedly prepared syringes containing methamphetamine, sometimes personally injecting the victims with or without their consent, according to the indictment. Buck also allegedly injected victims with more narcotics than they expected and sometimes injected victims while they were unconscious.
“Buck exerted power over his victims, often targeting vulnerable individuals who were destitute, homeless, and/or struggled with drug addiction, in order to exploit the relative wealth and power imbalance between them,” the indictment alleges.
Gemmal Moore’s mother spoke out in an interview with The Guardian last month, telling the media outlet that her pleas to police to investigate Buck were ignored because the victims were black gay men.
“I’m a grieving mother, but they treated us like criminals. I haven’t been able to recover. … I didn’t ask for nothing special. I just wanted [Lacey] to do her job. We had our proof. We gave her all of the evidence. I don’t know if she ignored it because it was black gay men, or because it was gay men, period. I got the runaround. … I wanted everybody to know what this man did to my child, so he couldn’t hurt anyone else’s kid or family member. I had to say something. Timothy Dean’s death could’ve been prevented if they had listened to us. But they didn’t,” Nixon said.
Buck has a killed at least 10 victims, according to court records.
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