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Deadline extended for death penalty decision

4 years ago August 18, 2010 Aug 18, 2010 Wednesday, August 18 2010 Wednesday, August 18, 2010 4:34:56 AM EDT in News
Source: Associated Press

The deadline for the Justice Department to decide whether to seek the death penalty against four current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina has been extended.

Prosecutors now have until Sept. 10 to announce a decision instead of Aug. 31.

Last month, Sgts. Robert Gisevius and Kenneth Bowen, officer Anthony Villavaso and former officer Robert Faulcon were charged with deprivation of rights under color of law and use of a weapon during the commission of a crime.

The charges carry a maximum sentence of life in prison or the death penalty.

Two people were killed and four others wounded by police on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the storm.

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