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Reginald "Neli" Latson case | Wounding charges advance in Stafford page 2
Deputy tells his side of the attack story

Date published: 7/24/2010


The wrestling match became increasingly physical, and Calverley estimated that he was punched in the head 25 times or more.

The deputy said he was dazed, but eventually was able to unleash his pepper spray. But he said the punches kept coming and the suspect got the spray away from him.

Calverley said he got the spray back and tossed it to the side. He was finally able to call for help, which came a short time later.

Before leaving the high school property, Calverley said, Latson cursed at him again and spit in his face.

Calverley said he spent four days in the hospital after the incident. Among his injuries were multiple fractures to his ankle, a large gash in the back of his head and multiple cuts and abrasions. He has been unable to return to work.

Latson was arrested about 45 minutes after the incident and has been in custody ever since.

As is customary in preliminary hearings, no evidence was put on by defense attorney John Mayoras. A grand jury will decide whether to indict Latson on Aug. 2.

Keith Epps: 540/374-5404
Email: kepps@freelancestar.com

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