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Former cop charged in tasing death of Scotland Neck man

Posted July 12, 2012 5:15 p.m. EDT
Updated July 12, 2012 5:35 p.m. EDT

— A grand jury has indicted a former Scotland Neck police officer who used a Taser on a 61-year-old man who later died.

Former officer John Turner is facing one count of felony involuntary manslaughter in the November death of Roger Anthony, according to court documents.

Turner responded to 911 call Nov. 21 about a man who had fallen off his bicycle in the parking lot of BB&T Bank. The caller told dispatchers that the man appeared drunk and that it looked like he had hurt himself.

Officers said they repeatedly told Anthony to get off his bike, but when he didn't respond, they shocked him. Family members say Anthony had hearing problems and suffered from seizures. He died a day later.

Turner was placed on administrative leave while the State Bureau of Investigation looked into the matter.