The acting captain of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department’s West Hollywood Station told West Hollywood City Council members Monday March 4, at its last regular meeting prior to the city-wide election this Tuesday, March 5, that LASD Robbery-Homicide detectives were actively still seeking statements and witnesses in the separate death investigations of Gemmel Moore, 26 and Timothy Dean, 55.
Both men were found deceased at the Laurel Avenue apartment of Ed Buck, a white progressive political fundraiser. Moore and Dean are Black. Buck was present for both deaths according to a LASD spokesperson.
The Los Angeles County Coroner-Medical examiner had determined that Moore had died of an methamphetamine overdose in July of 2017. 55-year-old Timothy Dean, died in Buck’s home this past January.
Speaking to the council, LASD Lt. William (Bill) Moulder said that Dean’s cause of death has not been released, and LASD officials have put a security hold on Dean’s autopsy pending toxicology results.
In answer to a further inquiry from Councilwoman Lindsey Horvath, Moulder said that there were no further details or updates.
However, West Hollywood City Attorney Mike Jenkins interrupted Lt. Moulder, telling the council that he and other city officials had met with Los Angeles County sheriff, Alex Villanueva the previous week and in conversations the Sheriff confirmed that Robbery-Homicide detectives in agreement with the LA DA’s office had reopened the case of Moore and were seeking further witnesses.
Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, told the Los Angeles Times that he and his client “categorically deny each and every allegation and look forward to litigating this matter in court.” Amster had previously told The Times that critics have unfairly used race to blame Buck for the deaths, saying “some people who all of a sudden have media attention are trying to divide the races.”
In a related story, a lawsuit was filed last Tuesday, February 27 by LaTisha Nixon, the mother of Gemmel Moore, which accuses LA County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and Deputy DA Craig Hum of failing to prosecute Buck in part because he is a white male of privilege.
The Los Angeles Blade reached out to the DA’s spokesperson for a comment and has yet to receive a response.