LOS ANGELES (AP) — A wealthy donor to Democrats is on trial in Los Angeles on charges he injected gay men with methamphetamine in drugs-for-sex fetish that led to two deaths and other overdoses.
Ed Buck faces nine felony counts in federal court that could lead to a life sentence if convicted at the trial that began Tuesday with jury selection. Prosecutors say Buck paid men and provided drugs in return for sex acts.
The 66-year-old Buck has pleaded not guilty.
Defense lawyers say neither fatal overdose victim died from meth, and many of the alleged victims were drug addicts.