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Monday, January 15, 2001
Updated: January 16, 8:11 PM ET
Hearing scheduled for late January

By Steve Andersen
Daily Racing Form

Two men, including a friend of the late jockey Chris Antley, were charged Tuesday with burglarizing the home where Antley was found dead last month.

Timothy Wyman Tyler Jr., 24, who was a friend of Antley's, and Jeffery Robert Jones, 22, of Sun Valley, were charged with one count of first-degree residential burglary in connection with the burglary Jan. 11.

Superior Court Judge Terry Smerling set bail for the two at $55,000 each. They are due back in court Jan. 26 for a preliminary hearing.

Tyler, a former houseguest of Antley, was arrested on Thursday evening while attempting to break into the Pasadena, Calif., home where Antley lived at the time of his death in December, police said. According to Lt. Eric Mills of the Pasadena police, a neighbor phoned the police at 6 p.m. Thursday, saying that someone was attempting to break into Antley's house on Rosita Lane. Tyler, 24, of Dana Point, Calif., was arrested at the scene on charges of residential burglary.

The break-in occurred the same day that the Los Angeles County coroner's office announced that Antley had died of a drug overdose and was not the victim of a homicide as police first believed. Toxicology reports showed that Antley had four different drugs, including methamphetamine, in his system at the time of his death. A police report filed on the night of Antley's death stated that methamphetamine was found in his home.

As a result of the report, the police have called off the homicide investigation and closed the case.

Tyler and Antley met several years ago in rehab. In September, Antley was arrested for possession of methamphetamine, while Tyler was cited for violating parole by being in a place where methamphetamine was used. Tyler also was questioned by police on Dec. 3, the day after Antley's death, and was arrested because of outstanding warrants for parole violations. He was released on Dec. 20.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this story.