- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 3, 2016

HAHNVILLE, La. (AP) - The sheriff in Louisiana’s St. Charles Parish says the suspect in the June shooting death of a New Orleans-area law enforcement officer has received much of the medical testing requested by defense attorneys.

Nineteen-year-old Jerman Neveaux (jer-MANE’ neh-VOH’) was arrested after the death of Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Deputy David Michel (mih-SHELL). A video shows Neveaux being struck several times during the arrest and a later photo showed him with facial injuries.

Neveaux is being held in St. Charles Parish. The New Orleans Advocate reports (https://bit.ly/2auaDEA) that Sheriff Greg Champagne said Tuesday that Neveaux has gotten all of the CT scans recommended by the defense, though not the recommended steroid treatments or physical therapy.

Defense attorney Martin Regan said the steroids and therapy are needed to treat Neveaux’s injuries.

Regan said Neveaux needs treatment, including steroids to reduce swelling around his spine, not simply evaluation.

Champagne, who was holding a news conference on an unrelated matter Tuesday morning, spoke out against what he felt was an insinuation that Neveaux isn’t being properly cared for.

“If (Neveaux’s) attorneys feel he needs more treatment, they can get in touch with us and our doctors and let us know, but we’re going to control the treatment. An inmate can’t control his own treatment . but he’s gotten just about everything his independent doctors think should be done,” the sheriff said in a later interview.

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Information from: The New Orleans Advocate, https://www.neworleansadvocate.com

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