Posted: Oct 11, 2010 8:34 PM by Alison Haynes
WINNFIELD, La. (AP) - Jury selection is under way in the manslaughter trial of a former Winnfield police officer charged with repeatedly jolting a handcuffed man with a Taser before he died.
Scott Nugent faces manslaughter and malfeasance in office charges in the death of 21-year-old Baron Pikes, who was shocked nine times during a drug arrest in January 2008.
A spokesman for Winn Parish District Attorney Christopher Nevils said the first day of jury selection ended Monday without any jurors being seated. The spokesman, Bill Furlow, says nine jurors were interviewed by the judge and lawyers on opposing sides with none excused or accepted for the jury.
Nugent faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted of manslaughter and up to five years on the malfeasance charge.
Jury selection resumes Tuesday.