Haverstraw Man Blames Ambien for Girlfriend’s Murder

A Haverstraw man who was arrested in May for the murder of his girlfriend pleaded not guilty in court Tuesday. Nixon Bourgignon’s attorney David Goldstein stated that his client was taking Ambien, a sleep aid, the night his girlfriend, Shannon Coleman, was strangled in the apartment they shared with their 8-year old son and his older brother. Ambien is linked to several cases in which people have trouble remembering what they’ve done or are in an unaware state, giving the court tactic the term “the Zombie Defense”. Bourgignon claimed that he doesn’t remember the killing, though prosecutor Dominic Crispino stated to the court that the victim was attempting to end their ten-year relationship, and was found strangled multiple times in the apartment with the defendant. Bail was set at $500,000 bond and Bourgignon will face the felony charge of second-degree murder for which he could receive 25 years to life in prison.

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