Officer Scott Nugent of Winnfield, Louisiana has been charged with manslaughter by a grand jury in the death of Baron “Scooter” Pikes, 21. Pikes was tasered nine times while handcuffed in a case that has raised racial questions in the state.
Nugent also was charged with felony criminal malfeasance in connection with the January death. Pikes was arrested on a warrant alleging cocaine possession. A coroner found that Pikes was not only handcuffed at the time but that he probably died by the seventh hit with the 50,000 volt shocks.
Nugent is facing up to 40 years for the manslaughter charge and five years for the criminal malfeasance charge. Both would probably run concurrently.
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