Serial killer, Democratic fundraiser, and West Hollywood resident Ed Buck, who preyed primarily on young gay, Black men was found guilty on all counts in the murder of two of his victims Tuesday in Los Angeles Superior Court.
Both victims, Gemelle Moore, 26, and Timothy Dean, were found dead of overdoses in Buck’s apartment in July 2017, and in January 2019 respectively.
According to NBC News: “Buck, 66, who was accused of plying men with drugs during sexual encounters, was found guilty of all nine felony counts in U.S. District Court in downtown Los Angeles, including two counts of distribution of controlled substances resulting in death. The two charges each carry mandatory minimums of 20 years in prison.”
Prosecutors have said Buck solicited men to consume drugs and perform sexual acts at his home, where he then injected them with or without their consent. The state characterized Buck’s motive as a sexual fetish, in which he paid Black men he met online to smoke and shoot methamphetamine, sometimes to the point of unconsciousness.
He was also charged with two counts of enticing someone to travel with the intent to engage in prostitution, one count of knowingly and intentionally distributing methamphetamine and one count of using his West Hollywood apartment for the purpose of distributing narcotics.