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Records show man could be fit for trial in Katrina shooting

6 months 3 weeks 5 days ago Wednesday, September 27 2017 Sep 27, 2017 September 27, 2017 7:54 AM September 27, 2017 in News
Source: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Photo: Nola.com/The Times Picayune

NEW ORLEANS- A white man could be mentally fit to stand trial on charges he shot at three black men in a racially motivated attack in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck 12 years ago.

In a court filing Friday, federal prosecutors said mental health records suggest a psychiatrist evaluated Roland Bourgeois Jr. earlier this year and determined he was competent to stand trial. A lawyer for Bourgeois provided those records to prosecutors last week.

Bourgeois' trial has been postponed more than a dozen times since his 2010 indictment amid questions about his mental competency. Prosecutors are seeking more medical records to determine if Bourgeois is mentally and physically fit for trial.

Authorities said Bourgeois wounded at least one of the three black men he shot at after the 2005 hurricane.

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