The criminal case for political donor Ed Buck will head to an evidentiary hearing on Tuesday at 10 a.m.
Buck, 66, faces federal charges for allegedly giving drugs to a man who died at his West Hollywood apartment after being lured across state lines for prostitution. He faces nine felony counts in Los Angeles federal court, plus state charges of running a drug den. The federal case will proceed first.
An evidentiary hearing happens after a formal criminal complaint has been issued by a prosecutor. The purpose of this hearing is to prevent unreasonable arrest and detention by evaluating whether or not there is enough evidence or testimony to compel a case to trial.
Also on Tuesday, a final status conference is scheduled in a wrongful death lawsuit filed by Joyce Jackson and Joann Campbell against Buck. The sisters allege Buck gave their brother, Timothy Dean, a lethal dose of crystal methamphetamine in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment in 2019.
Buck was arrested in September 2019 after being charged in federal court with providing methamphetamine to a man who died after receiving the drug intravenously. He faces additional charges, including a count alleging that he enticed 26-year-old Gemmel Moore to travel to the Los Angeles area to engage in prostitution. Buck allegedly provided meth to Moore, who overdosed on the drug.
Buck is charged with a second count of enticing another man to travel with the intent of engaging in prostitution. He is also accused of knowingly and intentionally distributing meth, and using his apartment for the purpose of distributing narcotics such as meth, and the sedatives gamma hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) and clonazepam.
Buck has been in custody at a downtown federal lockup since his arrest.