Ed Buck, a Democratic donor and activist who has already been charged with the death of one of two men who fatally overdosed in his West Hollywood apartment, is now facing charges of another.
A federal grand jury indicted Mr. Buck, 65, on Wednesday for one count of distribution of methamphetamine, which resulted in the death of an overdose of 55-year-old Timothy Dean in January. Mr Buck was charged last month with a criminal complaint against the same crime in the death of Hemmel Moore at age 26 – a charge that was also included in Wednesday's indictment.
The grand jury also indicted Mr. Buck on three other counts. distribution of methamphetamine, saying that for years he had been involved in the scheme of administering drugs to men who had sex in his apartment.
If convicted on any of the first two charges, Mr. Baku faces a penalty.
Mr. Buck is in federal custody, prosecutors said. His attorneys did not immediately respond to requests for comment Wednesday night.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department has launched an investigation into Mr. Buck after Mr. Moore's death in 2017. Investigators spoke to other people who described disturbing encounters with Mr Buck, including one man who said he believed Mr Buck had injected him with drugs while sleeping.
But no charges were filed until last month. After Mr. Dean died in January just like Mr. Moore, the authorities again began to investigate Mr. Buck.
They found more men confronting Mr. Buck, including one who said Mr. Buck had given him a syringe that, according to Mr. Buck, last month contained meth. But, giving himself an injection, the man said he believed the syringe contained a sedative. He told authorities he could not move more than six hours.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office accused Mr. Buck of overdosing on a third person. Public charges include a battery of serious injury, methamphetamine and drug users.
Shortly thereafter, federal prosecutors charged Mr. Buck with Mr. Moore's death. In a detailed complaint accusing Mr Buck of repeatedly exchanging drugs and money for sexual services, prosecutors said there had been at least 11 victims in the past two years.
One of the victims said that Mr Buck was known as "Dr. Kevorkian" and he was "known to have compensated male prostitutes with drugs and money," according to the complaint.
The federal prosecutor's office said Wednesday that the federal case will continue before the state's case. They said other charges could follow.
The question arose as to why the authorities did not arrest Mr. Buck until Mr. Dean's death. It also led to accusations that Mr Buck was specifically hunting black people. Both Mr Moore and Mr Dean were black, and most of the 11 victims mentioned in last month's complaint were also black.