ST. LOUIS — Mike Danton, a St. Louis Blues forward, was delusional and using painkillers and sleeping pills in the hours before the FBI says he tried to hire a hit man to kill an acquaintance, Danton’s agent said.
Several media reports, citing anonymous police sources, have identified agent David Frost as Danton’s intended target. Frost reiterated Thursday his belief that he was not the target.
“I’m not saying it, I’m telling you for a fact,” Frost said. “Obviously, I’m privy to information that you’re not. I know what he (Danton) was thinking at the time.”
Danton remains jailed in Clinton County, Ill., near St. Louis. A hearing today will determine if he will be eligible for bail.
Danton, 23, pleaded not guilty to federal murder-for-hire charges Tuesday. His trial was scheduled for July 20. Katie Wolfmeyer, 19, of suburban St. Louis, who the FBI says acted as his accomplice, is free on $100,000 bond. Her trial was set for July 13.
In an interview published in Thursday’s editions of USA Today, Frost said he was “like a father” to Danton. He told the newspaper Danton’s increasing use of painkillers for a shoulder injury and his use of sleeping pills concerned him.
Frost said he stood by the comments in the newspaper but refused further elaboration.
Frost was staying at Danton’s suburban apartment April 13. He recalled that Danton tried to eat a spaghetti dinner but couldn’t because his stomach hurt.
“I told him ‘it’s the pills,’” Frost told USA Today. “He said, ‘You don’t understand the pain.’”
Danton injured his shoulder in February. Frost said Danton had been taking painkillers with frequency. He said the player also took sleeping pills and used “Ultimate Orange,” a legal energy-boosting supplement.
“I told him, ‘I’m going to go to the doctor and tell them you can’t play,’” Frost told the newspaper. “He’s begging me not to do that.”
Frost also described an incident in the middle of the night when Danton awoke screaming, having a nightmare. Frost said the player was convinced that someone he knew was there with a gun.
“He was completely petrified,” Frost told USA Today.
Frost said he told Danton he should tell the Blues about his problems, but Danton convinced him he could work it out himself.
The FBI’s criminal complaint says that April 14, Danton, through Wolfmeyer, tried to hire a hit man to kill someone who they say was threatening to go to the Blues with information about Danton. Danton was arrested April 16 in San Jose, Calif., a day after the San Jose Sharks eliminated the Blues from the NHL playoffs.