Mike Small to Defend Fort Polk Soldier in Assault Case

class=”alignleft size-full wp-image-39670″ src=”http://klax-tv.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Mitchell-Ryan-Bethin-mug.jpg” alt=”Mitchell-Ryan-Bethin-mug” width=”200″ height=”332″ />Prominent criminal lawyer Mike Small of Alexandria is defending a Fort Polk soldier shot last weekend by an Alexandria policeman.

State police arrested Mitchel Ryan Bethin today after he was discharged from the hospital. Bethin is accused of aggravated assault with a firearm and simple battery.

State police conducted the investigation and say the policeman shot Bethin when he refused to lower his weapon after a fight with another person in the parking lot of a convenience store on MacArthur Drive.

However, Small is calling for a preliminary exam of the evidence, saying his client is innocent and should not have been arrested.

KLAX ABC 31 News 8/22/14