No Charges For Man’s Death 07 Jun 13

The Blue Earth County Attorney’s Office has ruled that no charges will be filed against the Mankato police officers involved in the death of a 26-year-old Nicollet County man in January. Officers were dispatched to a grocery store in downtown Mankato on New Year’s Day after Andrew Derek Layton of North Mankato was found passed-out in the store lobby. When the officers woke Layton up, he reportedly became combative, and a taser was used. Layton went into cardiac arrest after being taken to jail and was hospitalized. He died on January 5th. Medical examiners have ruled that Layton died because of complications dealing with excited delirium causing cardiac arrest. This condition can heighten a person’s anxiety, cause speech disturbances, hallucinations and other bizarre behavior most commonly due to police restraint or use of tasers. He also reportedly had heart disease, and was intoxicated at the time of his arrest.