Live news conference about new details in Mickey Shunick case

Authorities said the man arrested in connection with the disappearance of ULL student Mickey Shunick has been charged with murder.

Officials at the Lafayette Parish Correctional Center said Brandon Lavergne, 33, is charged with first-degree murder and aggravated kidnapping.

During a preliminary hearing Friday morning via video conference, a judge assigned him a public defender after Lavergne told him he couldn't afford an attorney "for a case like this."

The judge also ordered he be placed in critical care in the jail to protect him from other prisoners.

A news conference is scheduled for 1 p.m. Go to to watch it LIVE.