A former Winnfield, La., police officer accused of repeatedly jolting a handcuffed man with a Taser before he died was indicted on a manslaughter charge yesterday, reports the Associated Press. Ex-officer Scott Nugent also was charged with malfeasance in office stemming from the Jan. 17 death of Baron Pikes, 21. Pikes was shocked nine times with a 50,000-volt Taser as he was arrested for drug possession. Winn Parish District Attorney Chris Nevils said Nugent “unnecessarily” used the Taser on Pikes multiple times and failed to get medical help “when it was apparent he needed it.”
Nugent was fired but is appealing his dismissal. Phillip Terrell, his atorney, has said his client followed department protocols and didn’t use excessive force. Parish coroner Dr. Randolph Williams ruled Pikes’ death a homicide. Williams consulted with two other coroners, and both agreed that Pikes died of cardiac arrest caused by the Taser shocks.