Closing arguments set for Tuesday in Katrina trial

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Posted: Aug 1, 2011 10:01 AM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: new orleans, jurors, trial, police, shooting, bridge, katrina, hurricane, wbrz, louisiana

NEW ORLEANS - Jurors in the trial of five current or former police officers charged in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina are getting a day off before they hear closing arguments.

The federal judge presiding over the case was scheduled to meet behind closed doors Monday with defense attorneys and prosecutors as they prepare for the end of the trial.

Jurors are scheduled to hear roughly eight hours of closing arguments Tuesday before they begin deliberating Wednesday.

Prosecutors say police shot six unarmed people, killing two, on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the 2005 storm and then plotted to plant a gun, fabricate witnesses and falsify reports to make the shootings appear justified.

Defense attorneys say officers were shot at before they returned fire.

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