Journalist Jasmyne Cannick is reporting that the federal trial for Ed Buck, the West Hollywood donor accused of killing multiple gay Black men, has been moved from November 26, 2019, to August 4, 2020.
But, Cannick added, “Ed Buck will remain behind bars in federal jail without bail until his trial. I can live with that.”
For years, Cannick has led the effort to bring Buck to justice. This has resulted in steady, but growing, coverage of the case, an arrest, and substantive charges being filed against Buck.No reason has been provided for the delay in the trial.
Buck is currently in jail following a September 17 arrest. He was initially charged with three felonies, including maintaining a drug house, administering methamphetamine, and battery causing serious injury. Police brought the charges after a victim, named as Joe Doe, managed to escape Buck who injected him with two large doses of the drug, according to prosecutors.
Prosecutors later added additional federal drug charges in the death of Gemmel Moore, who was found in Buck’s apartment in 2017, among others. Buck was charged with distribution of methamphetamine resulting in Moore’s death, carrying a minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and a maximum of life.
Eight other accusers have come forward with similar allegations. One said that he believes he was drugged before falling asleep on Buck’s couch and woke up to find himself tied with rope.
But there have still been no charges filed in connection with the death of Timothy Dean, who was found in Buck’s home in January.
“We’re extremely happy Ed Buck is off the street and can’t kill or harm anyone else,” Dean’s family wrote in a statement released to press last month. “We watched the press conference of District Attorney Jackie Lacey the Sheriff take victory laps which we found appalling and shameful. They failed our brother and Gemmel Moore in every possible way. The evidence was there long ago before now.”
The family continued in their statement, “this monster Ed Buck killed our brother Timothy Dean, and our family won’t give up or rest until he is charged with his death.”
Cannick reports that Dean’s family is proceeding with a wrongful death lawsuit.