Prosecutors will seek death penalty for man accused of killing JPSO detective David Michel Jr.

October 13, 2016 | Updated: 12:10 p.m., October 13, 2016

GRETNA, La. (WGNO) – Prosecutors will seek the death penalty for the man accused of shooting and killing Jefferson Parish Sheriff’s Office Detective David Michel Jr.

Jefferson Parish District Attorney Paul Connick Jr. announced the decision today, the same day a grand jury indicted Jerman Neveaux on charges of first-degree murder, aggravated assault with a firearm, two counts of resisting arrest by force and one count of possession of a stolen firearm.

Michel, 50, a 10-year JPSO veteran, was shot and killed about mid-day June 22 while trying to conduct a pedestrian stop on Manhattan Boulevard at Ascot Road.

Michel stopped 19-year-old Jerman Neveaux because he appeared to be following someone. While Michel was searching Neveaux, Neveaux pulled a gun from his waist and shot Michel in the back. As Michel fell to the ground, Neveaux shot him two more times in the back at point blank range.

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“We believe the circumstances surrounding the shooting death of Detective Michel warrant the harshest penalty,” Connick said.

Connick declined to make any additional comments about the case.

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