Katrina shooting trial jurors to get case Wednesday

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Posted: Jul 29, 2011 11:29 AM
Updated: Jul 29, 2011 11:29 AM
Source: Associated Press

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

NEW ORLEANS - Jurors are scheduled to hear closing arguments Tuesday in the trial of five current or former New Orleans police officers charged in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt announced Friday that he expects the jury to begin deliberating on Wednesday.

The jury heard five weeks of testimony from roughly 60 prosecution and defense witnesses before the defendants' attorneys rested Thursday. Prosecutors called several rebuttal witnesses on Friday.

Police allegedly shot six unarmed people, killing two, on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the storm.

Prosecutors say officers engaged in a cover-up to make the shootings appear justified. Defense attorneys say police were shot at before returning fire.

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