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Sunday, October 10, 2010

Ex-cops trial in Taser death gets underway

October 10, 2010

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Jury selection in the trial of a former Winnfield police officer accused killing a handcuffed prisoner by repeatedly shocking him with his Taser is scheduled to begin on Monday.

Scott Nugent faces manslaughter and malfeasance in office charges in the death of 21-year-old Baron Pikes. Pikes was shocked nine times with a 50,000-volt Taser as he was arrested on a drug possession warrant in January 2008.

The parish's coroner, Dr. Randolph Williams, ruled that Pikes' death was a homicide. Williams said he consulted with two other coroners, and both agreed that Pikes died of cardiac arrest caused by the Taser shocks.

1 comment:

Excited-Delirium.com said...

This is the case that forced Taser International to subtly add the phrase "...in the lawful execution of their duties..." to the claim that tasers have never, ever, never-ever been associated with a death. In other words, tasers CAN kill, but they bypassed this particular case by assuming it was not a lawful killing. But it was still a DEATH BY TASER. And that fact indicates that all their previous claims that tasers simply "could not kill" were not only dead wrong, but were also indistinguishable from baldface, intentional lies and utter deception.