Defense attorneys ask for postponement in Katrina bridge shooting trial

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Posted: Jun 7, 2011 2:07 PM
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Defense, Attorneys, Postponement, Katrina, Bridge

NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys for five current and former New Orleans police officers charged in the fatal shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina have asked for more
time to prepare for trial.

The defense team, in a court motion, says it is overwhelmed by material turned over by federal prosecutors.

They say they also need more time to find expert witnesses to respond the three experts that prosecutors have added to their witness list.

The trial is set to begin June 20 in New Orleans.

Police shot and killed two people and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the 2005 storm.

The officers are accused of engaging in a cover-up to make the shootings appear justified.

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