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Jurors hear defendant's statement on Taser death

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Posted: Oct 22, 2010 4:15 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Jurors, manslaughter, trial, ex-cop, Scott Nugent, investigators, prisoner, custody, shocked, taser

Jurors in the manslaughter trial of ex-cop Scott Nugent have heard the statement made to investigators after a prisoner in his custody was repeatedly shocked and later died.

Winn Parish District Attorney Chris Nevils told a jury that the 24-year-old officer used excessive force when he shocked Baron Pikes nine times, while Pikes had his hands cuffed behind his back.

But in the recorded statement played Thursday, Nugent said he warned Pikes repeatedly before he administered each shock.

Nugent said that Pikes screamed with all but the last shock, but talked normally to the arresting officers as he resisted being taken to the police station on a drug possession warrant.

Only after the final shock was administered from his Taser did Pikes evidence distress, Nugent said, telling the officers around him they'd be sorry for what they did to him.

Nugent says Pikes told him, "You're killing me."

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