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Attorney says man did not commit suicide while in police custody

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New Iberia, La. (KNOE 8 News) - It's a local story making national news. Monroe-based attorney Carol Powell Lexing is representing the family of Victor White III, who died while in custody of the New Iberia Parish Sheriff's Office on March 3.

White was suspected of being involved in a fight, and when searched, deputies say they found drugs.

White was taken to the sheriff's office, where he refused to get out of the back of the patrol car. That's when deputies say White shot himself, but Lexing says there is no possible way that could have happened.

"How can a handcuffed man or a man who is handcuffed behind his back, reach and shoot himself in the front of the chest?" Lexing asked.

Lexing is representing White's family and says his death is suspicious. She points to discrepancies in official reports. State police initially reported that white shot himself in the back. But the corners' office most recent report that came out nearly two weeks ago says White shot himself in the side of his chest.

Both are calling his death a suicide, even though he was hand cuffed the entire time.

"According to their own report, they frisked him twice. If you can find other things on him, why can't you find a hard object?" Lexing said.

Lexing says the family is reaching out to Department of Justice and activist like Al Sharpton. She says they just want justice for a shooting they don't believe is a suicide.

State police are still investigating

Lexing says when the investigation closes, the family will decide if they want to file a civil suit.
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