Ed Buck, a disgraced former mover-and-shaker in West Hollywood and Los Angeles politics, was found guilty of supplying the methamphetamine that killed two Black men during a “party-and-play” fetish encounters Buck hosted at his apartment.
After approximately four hours of deliberations in a downtown Los Angeles court, the jury found Buck guilty of all nine felonies in an indictment that also accused him of maintaining a drug den, distributing methamphetamine, and enticement to cross state lines to engage in prostitution.
As a result, Buck could spend the rest of his life in prison. The convictions for supplying the meth that resulted in the death of Gemmel Moore, 26, and Timothy Dean, 55, each carry a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison. His sentencing will take place at a later date.
The verdict came four years to the day after Moore was found dead of a meth overdose in Buck’s West Hollywood apartment.
Moore left detailed diaries and told people that Buck hooked him on drugs, provided him with drugs, and enjoyed watching him inject meth to the point
The verdict followed a two-week trial with distressing testimony by Black men hired by Buck to expose their underwear-clad bodies and get high on crystal meth and GHB.
As evidence, prosecutors had tens of thousands of texts, voice mails, and videos that showed Buck’s drug use and fetish for injecting Black men with crystal meth and having sex with them. Often, many of the victims were too high to consent.
Activist Jasmyne Cannick, who led the change to convict Buck since Moore’s death four years ago, was in court everyday and chronicled the proceedings on her website Justice 4 Gemmel.