WINNFIELD, La. (AP) - A former police officer accused of
repeatedly jolting a Louisiana man with a Taser before he died has
pleaded not guilty to manslaughter and malfeasance in office.
Scott Nugent, who is free on a $45,000 bond, was arraigned
Thursday in a Louisiana courtroom. A grand jury recently indicted
him in connection with the death of 21-year-old Baron Pikes.
Authorities say Nugent allegedly shocked Pikes nine times with a
50,000-volt Taser while arresting him on a drug possession warrant
last Jan. 17.
Nugent faces up to 45 years in prison if he is convicted on both
charges. He was fired, but is appealing his dismissal.
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