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District Attorney asks police for more evidence in Ed Buck case

District Attorney asks police for more evidence in Ed Buck case

Ed Buck, an LGBTI activist and Democratic donor

The District Attorney leading the case against Ed Buck asked the police to gather more evidence on Wednesday (17 July).

It means the Democratic Party donor and LGBTI activist, who is linked to the suspicious overdose deaths of two black gay men at his home, will remain free for now.

In January, Timothy Dean, a 55-year-old ex-porn star, became the second black man to be found dead at Buck’s home in 18 months in January.

Police found Dean dead in Buck’s home in the early hours of 7 January after responding to a 911 call.

Authorities found Gemmel Moore in Buck’s home in July 2017. Authorities ultimately ruled the death an accident and did not charge Buck.

A spokesperson for the City of West Hollywood, the LA gayborhood where Buck lives, told New Now Next both cases had been presented to the DA.

New Now Next also reports Buck has remained silent throughout investigations. Eight witnesses told police investigators Buck had drugged them or they had seen Buck drugging someone, the news site reports.

In February this year, Moore’s mother launched a wrongful death lawsuit.

The two deaths have led to protests against the powerful millionare. Politicians also promised to donate to charity funds given by Buck.

Two victims

Authorities found Moore in Buck’s home in July 2017. He was naked on a mattress with a ‘male pornography movie playing on the television’, according to the coroner’s report.

Police also found sex toys, syringes, and ‘clear plastic bags with suspected methamphetamine’ in the residence.

Authorities ultimately ruled the death an accident and did not charge Buck.

But, last month, his mother LaTisha Nixon, says Moore’s journal reveals how Buck got her son addicted to crystal meth (methamphetamine) by injecting him.

LaTisha Nixon and Gemmel Moore (Photo: Facebook)

The 24-page lawsuit accuses Buck of wrongful death, sexual battery, assault, battery, negligence, civil rights violation, hate violence and drug dealer liability.

‘[Buck] has a well-documented history of isolating Black men for predatory sexual encounters during which he injects them with crystal Methamphetamine in the confines of a drug den in his West Hollywood apartment’ the lawsuit claims, according to NBC.

The LA Times reviewed a journal found in Moore’s possession.

‘Ed Buck is the one to thank,’ he allegedly wrote. ‘He gave me my first injection of chrystal [sic] meth.’

Timothy Dean died in January (Photo: Facebook)
Timothy Dean died in January (Photo: Facebook)

The second man, Dean, died of a methamphetamine overdose, authorities confirmed in March.

Police found Dean dead in Buck’s home in the early hours of 7 January after responding to a 911 call.

Buck’s attorney, Seymour Amster, told the LA Times on Monday that Dean arrived to Buck’s home already under the influence.

‘We stand by our position that unfortunately, Mr. Dean ingested drugs at a location other than Mr. Buck’s, and he came over-intoxicated, and it’s a tragedy,’ Amster said.

The story of Ed Buck

Buck, who came out as a teenager, has long advocated for LGBTI causes.

Federal election records also show Buck has donated more than $53,000 to Democratic candidates and campaigns since 2008.

He first gained prominence in the 1980s when he led an effort to impeach Arizona Governor Evan Mecham.

Following Moore’s death, Buck resigned from the steering committee of the Stonewall Democratic Club, a Los Angeles LGBTI political group.

Police said they would look into Moore’s death again during the investigation of this second death.