Forensic pathologist Charles Wetli, whose specialty is sudden death caused by sickle cell trait... ...concluded that it wasn’t the 8 or 9 Taser drive stuns administered by Nugent that led Pikes’ death, but rather the fact that Pikes suffered from sickle cell trait. [via TNT]
In my opinion, that testimony is actually bordering on evil.
It's quite obvious that this theory is pretty far-fetched; look at the time-line (Mr. Pikes' age, versus the 'activities' immediately surrounding his death).
What are the chances that Mr. Pikes' death was caused by an inherited trait that he's obviously had for his entire life? Meanwhile he's been repeatedly taser-tortured...
On January 17, 2008, an unarmed and handcuffed black man, Baron "Scooter" Pikes, was tasered nine times within the space of 14 minutes. The coroner concluded that Mr. Pikes was probably already dead before the final two taser hits. [LINK]
This wild theory (that Mr. Pikes just happened to coincidentally die of the sickle cell trait immediately after being taser-tortured) tends to target 'persons of a certain color'; working to remove their right to postmortem justice. There's been enough of that crap already in this case; "...Off camera, voices can be heard taunting him, shouting the "N" word..." [LINK] This highly-unlikely theory is actually in very bad taste. It stinks! [LINK]
Have a read of the following:
CHAS’ REVIEW of "Sudden Death due to Sickle Cell Crisis During Law Enforcement Restraint" [LINK]