Apr 26, 2012 8:58 AM by AP

Coroner rules out stun gun in suspect's death

GONZALES, La. (AP) - The Ascension Parish coroner says the February death of a Donaldsonville man shot twice with stun guns was cocaine related.

Dr. John Fraiche tells The Advocate the cause of death for 30-year-old Charmin Bennett of Donaldsonville was listed as "excited delirium due to acute cocaine toxicity," on his death certificate.

Fraiche said Wednesday he spoke with the forensic pathologist who conducted Bennett's autopsy for his office.

The coroner said the pathologist said he did not think being shot with a stun gun caused Bennett to die.

Sheriff's deputies used a stun gun during Bennett's arrest on Feb. 19 following a domestic dispute.

Bennett went into cardiac arrest en route to the hospital. Deputies say Bennett lost consciousness and was pronounced dead at the hospital.


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