Jury to get ex-cop's case over Katrina shooting
NEW ORLEANS - For the second time in three years, a federal jury must decide whether fear or malice drove a former New Orleans police officer to fatally shoot a man outside a strip mall less than a week after Hurricane Katrina's landfall.
At the conclusion of David Warren's retrial Tuesday, a prosecutor claimed the rookie officer shot and killed 31-year-old Henry Glover because he hated looters and thought nobody would care.
Warren's lawyers urged jurors to consider the hazardous conditions that police officers had to endure after broken levees flooded most of the city and left many desperate residents fighting for survival.
Warren testified on Monday that he shot Glover because he thought he saw a gun in his hand, but prosecutors said Glover wasn't armed and didn't pose a threat.