If it hadn’t been for the third black man to survive an overdose, Ed Buck might never have been charged and later convicted of murdering two black men.
Buck, 67, who was a donor to Democratic, LGBT and animal rights causes, was sentenced to 30 years for fatally injecting drugs into two black men, Gemmel Moore and Timothy Dean. Buck had a fetish for luring gay black men into his home, injecting them with crystal meth and exploiting them for sexual favors, according to Yahoo.
In July 2021, a jury found Buck, who lived in California, guilty of nine counts, including incitement to cross state lines to engage in prostitution, maintaining a den of drugs, distribution of methamphetamine and supply of drugs which resulted in the death of two men. In April 2022, he asked a judge to overturn the verdict.
In court, Buck told the judge he liked men and was not responsible for the deaths.
“Their deaths were tragic, but I did not cause their deaths,” Buck said, according to NBC News.
Moore’s mother, LaTisha Nixon, continues to mourn her son’s death.
She wrote in a letter, “All I can think of is how my son died naked on a mattress with no love around him. No one to hold his hand or say good things to him.
Prosecutors argued that since Buck preyed on vulnerable young black men to please his sexual fetish, he should be given a life sentence. Buck’s attorneys, however, argued for a sentence of less than 25 years so he could “enjoy a pardon,” NBC News reported.