A 79-year-old man from Faribault died after being taken off life support. Larry Lynn Myers died on July 6. He had been on life support since being assaulted in an alleged ‘road rage’ incident on June 27 in Dundas.
The man linked to Myers’ death, Leslie Sanders of Faribault, 52, has been charged with second-degree murder in addition to the original assault charges.
Sanders now faces second-degree murder charges with a maximum sentence of 40 years. His bail was set at $1 million. Sanders is next due to appear in a 9 a.m. court hearing on July 27.
According to court records, witnesses at the scene of the alleged assault told Dundas police that Sanders got out of his van while it was still driving, approached Myers’ SUV and began punching Myers. in the face several times.
Myers reportedly corroborated the witnesses’ story. At the scene, Myers told Dundas Police Chief Todd Hanson that the two vehicles were on Cannon City Boulevard when Sanders went to pass Myers’ vehicle and hit Myers’ vehicle as it pulled back into the lane.
It’s unclear how the events escalated, but records show the assault incident happened later on Highway 3.
Myers was observed bleeding from severe facial injuries and was taken to Northfield Hospital. Health care providers diagnosed Myers with broken bones under his eyes, a broken nose, forehead and mouth lacerations, and other injuries.
Court records show Sanders was arrested for assault and paid on bail.
Myers was then taken to Hennepin County Medical Center, where it was determined that he had a severe brain injury and could no longer tolerate dialysis or breathe on his own. He was taken off life support and died on the evening of July 6.
The Myers obituary says he previously lived in Jackson, Missouri and was a U.S. Air Force veteran who served in Vietnam.