Democratic donor Ed Buck convicted in connection to drug overdose deaths of 2 men in his apartment

Buck, who contributed more than $ 500,000 to Democratic groups since 2000, was convicted on nine federal charges, including two counts of distribution of controlled substances resulting in death, in connection to the July 2017 death of Gemmel Moore and the January 2019 death of Timothy Dean. 

The verdict came after jurors deliberated for more than four hours following a two-week trial in Los Angeles County. Federal prosecutors accused Buck of giving methamphetamine to Black men in his West Hollywood apartment, sometimes to the point of unconsciousness. 

“He would find desolate, vulnerable victims and push meth on them over and over … until they went unconscious,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Lindsay Bailey alleged in her closing argument, Fox-owned station, KTTV-TV reported. “That’s what he liked about it – the power gave him sexual gratification. … Every time he stuck a needle in someone’s arm, he was playing God. And he never stopped – not even after two men died.”

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In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Ed Buck appears in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

In this Sept. 19, 2019, file photo, Ed Buck appears in Los Angeles Superior Court in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)

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