NEW ORLEANS – A Louisiana sheriff says cellphone text message evidence shows the suspect in a deputy's shooting death had been plotting other crimes.
Jefferson Parish Sheriff Newell Normand read texts laced with street slang and profanity from the phone of suspect Jerman (jur-MANE) Neveaux (NEE'-voh) during a Friday news conference. Neveaux faces a first-degree murder charge in the Wednesday death of David Michel (mee-SHELL).
Normand also said he has turned over to the FBI video that appears to show officers hitting Neveaux after capturing him. A new booking photo of a swollen-faced Neveaux shows evidence of injuries that Normand said included facial lacerations and an "orbital fracture" — an injury to the bone around the eye socket.