Man Dies From Cocaine Use While Being Tasered

DOTHAN, Ala. (AP) - State forensics officials say a Florida man didn't die as a result of a Taser that a Houston County sheriff's deputy used on him during a traffic stop in Dothan.

The forensics report said 27-year-old Nicholas Cody of Marianna was suffering from a fatal illness related to cocaine use. Cody died on June 27, about a week after he was taken to Southeast Alabama Medical Center for treatment.

The Dothan Eagle, which disclosed the autopsy finding Tuesday, reported that Cody was shocked multiple times when he tried to flee
after being stopped for a seat belt violation June 15.

Senior Alabama medical examiner Stephen Boudreau said an autopsy showed that Cody died from what is known as excited delirium, a side effect to drug use.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by RUTH Location: GEORGIA on Sep 17, 2008 at 09:57 PM
    IF HE HADN'T BEEN DOING ANYTHING WRONG HE WOULD PROBABLY STILL BE HERE
  • by Wasn't born yesterday Location: Houston County on Sep 17, 2008 at 09:33 PM
    something in the pot smells might fishy. the cocaine use didn't stop him from driving, walking, running...what stopped that man dead in his tracks is the tasing and that's what killed him too. I am not the smartest apple in the bunch but don't take us for fools either. And was he really tased repeatedly in the head or is that just rumor?
  • by Bill Location: Enterprise on Sep 17, 2008 at 11:58 AM
    Glad he's dead. One less criminal walking our streets.
  • by JAMEY Location: COTTONWOOD on Sep 16, 2008 at 08:20 PM
    IF COCAINE WAS THE CAUSE OF CODY DEAF THIS HAPPEN IN JUNE WAY DID IT TAKE SO LONG FOR RESULTS TO COME BACK SAYING THIS AND MY THING IS IF THE HOUSTON COUNTY DEPTY DIDN'T USE THE TASER HE WOULD STILL BE HERE BECAUSE THE EXCITED DELIRIUM WOULD NEVER CAME ABOVE IF HE WASN'T TASED BUT I ALSO FILL ITS MORE TO THIS STORY AND ONLY GOD KNOWS SO THERE WILL BE A JUDGEMENT DAY BECAUSE I DONT FEEL COCAINE KILLED HIM.
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