Trial delayed for cop charged in Katrina shootings
NEW ORLEANS - A federal judge has postponed a trial for a retired police sergeant charged with plotting to cover up deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
Gerard Dugue's trial was scheduled to begin Sept. 26, but his attorney and prosecutors asked for more time to prepare. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt agreed Monday to move the start of the trial to Jan. 23.
Dugue will be tried separately from five other current or former officers who were convicted last month of civil rights charges stemming from the Danziger Bridge shootings, which killed two people and wounded four others less than a week after the 2005 storm struck.
Dugue was assigned to investigate the shootings. He allegedly participated in a cover-up to make shootings appear justified.