The Free Press, Mankato, MN

December 3, 2013

Manslaughter charges filed in Blue Earth drug death

By Josh Moniz

---- — BLUE EARTH — A Minnetonka man is facing felony first-degree manslaughter charges for allegedly providing a controlled substance that resulted in an overdose death at his Blue Earth residence.

The Faribault County Sheriff's Office and the Blue Earth Police Department responded to a call about an unresponsive male on Jan. 22 at 39431 110th Street in Blue Earth, according to the court complaint. The body of Juan Vasquez was found in an upstairs bedroom. Police examined the body and found no indications of suspicious activity.

The body was transported to the Ramsey County medical examiner for an autopsy. The examination found traces of alcohol and the chemical component of the prescription drug Xanax in his blood. The caused of death was ruled as “probable mixed drug toxicity.”

Hayden Spencer, 34, the owner of the Blue Earth residence whose address is listed as Minnetonka, greeted police officers when they responded to the call. Faribault County Deputy Shane Dulac had to repeatedly tell Spencer to remain downstairs during the investigation and noted his behavior as odd, according to the report.

After the body was removed, Dulac interviewed Spencer and Kyle Osmundson, the other man in the house. Both of them told police they had been drinking at a bowling alley in Mankato the previous night. Both denied any illegal drug use. Dulac noted in his report that Spencer would cut off Osmundson when he would start to answer questions.

Later Dulac left to notify Vasquez’s family about his death. During his visit, he spoke with Vasquez’s brother Herbey Juarez, who said Vasquez abused prescription medicine and that Vasquez had been excited about a friend bringing him a Xanax on the previous day.

On Jan. 23, Dulac interviewed Osmundson who recanted some of his testimony. According to the report, he said he had joined Spencer and Vasquez in using Xanax provided by Spencer that evening.

When Spencer was subsequently interviewed, he admitted Vasquez had taken a Xanax and claimed it had been stolen from his own bottle. When asked about contradictions in his testimony, he admitted to giving pills to the other two individuals. He said he burned the bottle to avoid getting in trouble and denied ever providing prescription drugs in the past.

Dulac later interviewed three individuals who described Spencer allegedly providing them with prescription medications.

Spence was booked in Faribault County Jail on Tuesday and his next court appearance is scheduled for Monday.