GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - A magistrate commissioner on Monday decided there is enough probable cause to hold a man accused of killing a Jefferson Parish sheriff's deputy on June 21.
"We're very disappointed at this point," said defense attorney Martin Regan.
Jerman Neveaux, 19, is accused of shooting and killing Deputy David Michel Jr. after a pedestrian stop on Manhattan Boulevard. Investigators said Neveaux shot Michel three times in the back.
As a Jefferson Parish sergeant testified about what happened, Michel's family broke down in tears and had to be helped from the courtroom. Regan questioned the sergeant on the stand about Neveaux's arrest, which was captured on video.
Regan called the arrest a beating that left Neveaux severely injured.
"He's in pain. He was, as you could tell in the courtroom, weak and crying. One of those officers, the last to testify, was in there kicking him and beating him in the back yard," Regan said.
The sergeant, however, testified that Neveaux was hiding in the backyard of a home in Harvey. He said when the responding officer entered the backyard, Neveaux immediately resisted. The sergeant also testified that a five-shot revolver was found on Neveaux at the time of his arrest.
"There was a lady who, I don't know if she rented or owned the house, but she was watching them take his head and after they beat him up outside, they brought him to the kitchen which was through the door and watched them pound him in to the kitchen counter," Regan said.
Regan said Neveaux is still suffering from internal bleeding and needs surgery. He has filed a motion for additional medical attention.
Regan is also asking to have Neveaux removed from the St. Charles Parish Correctional Center where he's being held.
He claims law enforcement officers, now in jail for unrelated crimes, are trying to get information out of Neveaux to benefit themselves.
"One of them, Brandon Liccardi, who probably is looking to get his sentence reduced, is feeding my client treats and oatmeal and everything else. The other night, he's reading the bible and Liccardi insisted that he come out and watch the Olympics with him," Regan said.
Regan said he wants Neveaux transferred to Orleans Parish, close to University Medical Center and away from the officers he's jailed with.
We reached out to Brandon Liccardi's attorney, Ralph Capitelli, about the accusations against Liccardi.
Capitelli released this statement: "The evidence of guilt against Martin Regan's client, Jerman Neveaux, is so overwhelming that Mr. Regan is creating bogus issues to take the spotlight away from the fact that his client brutally assassinated a Jefferson Parish Deputy."