Indefinite trial delay in Katrina shooting case

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Posted: Aug 11, 2014 11:36 AM by APNewsNow
Source: Associated Press

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Topics: Roland Bourgeois Jr, Hurricane Katrina, trial, health problems

NEW ORLEANS - Health problems have led to an indefinite trial delay for a man facing charges in what federal prosecutors say were racially motivated shootings following Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon granted the delay Monday in the case of Roland Bourgeois Jr.

Bourgeois's attorneys sought the delay. Prosecutors agreed after a doctor determined that Bourgeois is physically unable to attend a trial or help his defense lawyers. Lemmon's order didn't detail the health problems but past proceedings have included discussions of his liver disease.

Prosecutors say the 51-year-old Bourgeois, who is white, wounded at least one of the three black men he shot at following the 2005 storm. He has pleaded not guilty. Bourgeois lived in Columbia, Mississippi, at the time of his indictment

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