Jury selected in bridge shooting trial

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Posted: Jun 23, 2011 4:12 PM
Updated: Jun 23, 2011 4:12 PM
Source: Associated Press

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

NEW ORLEANS - Twelve jurors, plus four alternates, have been picked to hear the case of five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a bridge in Hurricane Katrina's chaotic aftermath.

The jury - seven men and five women - was picked Thursday after two days of questioning, mostly behind closed doors. Opening statements for the trial are scheduled Monday morning.

Five former officers already have pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up involving the fatal shootings of two people and wounding of four others on the Danziger Bridge after the 2005 storm's landfall.

Four other officers were indicted last year on charges stemming from the shootings, while two police investigators were charged in the alleged cover-up. One of those investigators will be tried separately.

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