Manslaughter charge filed in death of Apple Valley man felled by punch

Friday, June 21, 2013

A Minneapolis man was charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of a man he punched in the head, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.

Tristan Keys, 21, was charged Thursday in the death of Lamar Wilson, 53, of Apple Valley, who was hit on April 29 and declared brain dead the next day.

Police were called to the Stop N Shop, 3050 First Ave. S, in Minneapolis about 10:35 p.m. on April 29. When they arrived, they found Wilson on the ground with blood on the right side of his face. He was shaking and having trouble breathing, according to the criminal complaint (PDF).

Witnesses told police that Wilson pulled into the Stop N Shop, and while there, an SUV also pulled up and someone in that vehicle accused Wilson of being a snitch. Wilson got out of his van to talk to people in the SUV. The driver got out, punched Wilson once in the head and he dropped to the pavement, “like a rag doll,” according to one of the witnesses quoted in the complaint. Police eventually identified Keys, who admitted only that he was the driver of the SUV and was at the store that night.

The Hennepin County Medical Examiner determined that Wilson died of blunt force trauma with complications from craniocerebral injury. Keys is expected to make his first appearance today and $1 million bail is being requested.