Doctors' reports say man accused of killing Jefferson Parish deputy found competent to stand trial

Jerman Neveaux sanity hearing evidence

GRETNA, LA (WVUE) - The man accused of killing a Jefferson Parish deputy last summer is fit to stand trial according to two reports ordered to evaluate his mental competence.

Jerman Neveaux, who is accused of shooting and killing Deputy David Michel during a traffic stop, was reported to be competent to stand trial after both a psychiatrist and a psychologist issued the findings in their evaluations.

Two months ago, Judge Cornelius Regan ordered Neveaux to undergo forensic evaluation after he entered a plea of not guilty by reason of insanity.

Regan ordered both a psychologist and psychiatrist evaluate Neveaux.

After the findings were detailed, Neveaux's attorney Martin Regan, asked the judge o present evidence and testimony to refute findings that he is sane.

Judge Regan has not yet ruled on the findings and set a date of August 2 to continue the hearing.

Investigators say Neveaux shot and killed Michel while he was making a pedestrian stop on Neveaux near Manhattan Boulevard on the West Bank.

Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand said Neveaux shot Michel in cold blood, saying he was shot at least twice in the back.

Despite the insanity plea, Neveaux's attorneys now say he never tried to pull the trigger.

"We always maintained that our client did not intentionally shoot the officers, and then the gun went off," said Martin Regan.
Normand disputes that argument.

"When Neveaux shot deputy Michel the first time that he actually grabbed Michel with his left hand, first by the hair, and then by the neck, while Michel is trying to crawl away and fired the second and third shot in his back," Normand said.

Copyright 2017 WVUE. All rights reserved.