Defense rests case in New Orleans shootings trial

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Posted: Jul 28, 2011 4:25 PM
Updated: Jul 28, 2011 4:25 PM
Source: Associated Press

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

NEW ORLEANS - The defense has rested in the trial of five current or former police officers charged in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

Jurors heard nearly five weeks of testimony by prosecution and defense witnesses before the defendants' attorneys rested their case Thursday.

Prosecutors have called a rebuttal witness. It wasn't immediately clear when jurors will hear closing arguments.

Former officer Robert Faulcon, who has admitted he shot an unarmed, mentally disabled man at the foot of the bridge, was the only defendant who testified.

Prosecutors say police shot six unarmed people in September 2005, killing two, and engaged in a cover-up to make the shootings appear justified. Defense attorneys say police were shot at before they returned fire.

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