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Retrial postponed for ex-cop in Katrina case

3 years 6 months 1 week ago March 22, 2013 Mar 22, 2013 Friday, March 22 2013 March 22, 2013 8:04 AM in News
Source: Associated Press

NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed the retrial of a retired New Orleans police sergeant charged with helping cover up deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

Gerard Dugue's retrial was scheduled to start May 13. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt didn't immediately set a new date.

Engelhardt said he is waiting to receive more information related to a pretrial motion by Dugue's attorneys.

Dugue's first trial ended in a mistrial when Engelhardt ruled a prosecutor may have unfairly influenced the jury by mentioning the name of a man beaten to death by a New Orleans police officer in an unrelated case.

Police shot six unarmed residents, killing two, on the Danziger Bridge several days after the 2005 storm. Dugue is charged with writing a false report on the shootings.

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