Truckdriver found not guilty in police officer's death

| 7/30/2002

A Mississippi truck driver was found not guilty Wednesday in a case involving the death of Shelia Twyman, a High Point, NC, police officer. A judge found Bobby G. Scott of Guntown, MS, not guilty of misdemeanor death by motor vehicle.

Scott was driving the tractor-trailer that collided with Twyman's patrol car at a stoplight in High Point last Dec. 20. Reportedly, Twyman was on routine patrol when the collision occurred. She was the first High Point officer killed in the line of duty since 1928.

The (High Point) News-Record reported District Court Judge William L. Daisy said he realized Twyman's death was a loss to the community and her family, but "wasn't persuaded that a jury would find beyond a reasonable doubt that (Scott) ran a red light."

Two witnesses who reportedly saw the accident had conflicting statements, said Scott's attorney, John D. Bryson. "What happened that night was tragic, but it was an accident," said Bryson.