Ex-officer Nugent not guilty in Taser death case
WINNFIELD - After three hours of deliberation, a state court jury has returned a not guilty verdict in the manslaughter trial of a former Winnfield Police officer accused of applying eight Taser shocks to a handcuffed man who later died.
Friday's verdict clears Scott Nugent in the death of Baron Pikes, who was stunned repeatedly as he lay on the ground, hands cuffed behind his back, for refusing to get up. After Pikes was inside the police car, he was again shocked when he did not get out as ordered.
It does not, however, end the case. The mother of Pikes' 4-year-old son has filed a wrongful death lawsuit in federal court against city officials and Nugent.