July 10, 2019 at 11:59 am PDT | by Staff reports
BREAKING: Ed Buck case referred by LA Sheriff to LA District Attorney in Timothy Dean death


Timothy Dean (Photo screen grab from KTLA)

Homicide detectives of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s office have sent unspecified charges, in the case of the drug overdose of 55-year-old Timothy Dean, to the office of Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey according to a LACSD source and reporting Tuesday, July 9 by KCBS TV-2’s David Goldstein.

The ensuing media publicity and outrage, especially from members of LA’s Black and Queer communities grew after Dean, who died on January 7, 2019,  became the second black male to die as the result of accidental crystal methamphetamine overdose in the West Hollywood apartment of gay political activist Ed Buck. 

Tensions were further exacerbated, after LADA Jackie Lacey declined to press charges against Buck in the case of the first death, 26-year-old Gemmel Moore, who also died of a crystal methamphetamine overdose on July 27, 2017 at the Laurel Avenue apartment of Buck.

A LACSD source confirmed to the Los Angeles Blade Wednesday, July 10 that LA County Sheriff Alex Villanueva called for a secondary review of the entire situation following Dean’s death, which was first reported by KCBS2’s Goldstein.  The source also indicated that the LADA’s office has had the case since the end of last month and ordered further review to include forensic analysis and medical records.

“We’ve done all that we could do to aid the sheriff’s investigators with their investigation,” Jasmyne Cannick, a spokesperson for Gemmel Moore’s mother LaTisha Nixon wrote in a media press release. “Once again we gathered evidence and brought the sheriff’s other young men who could speak directly to their experiences with Ed Buck.” […] 

“Two men have died on the same mattress, in the same living room, of the same drug at the same man’s house within months of each other. Their lives mattered and so do the other men who didn’t die but who Buck continues to prey upon every day he’s a free man with the means and an internet connection,” Cannick added.

Attorney’s for the family of 26-year-old Gemmel Moore filed an amended wrongful death lawsuit July 7 in U.S. District Court against Buck as well the LA District Attorney.  

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