Deadline extended for death penalty decision

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Posted: Aug 18, 2010 5:34 AM by Andrea Fontenot
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: deadline, Justice Department, decide, seek, death penalty, New Orleans, police, officers, deadly, shootings, Hurricane Katrina, Danzinger Bridge

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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