NEW ORLEANS — The lone remaining defendant among a group of former police officers charged in connection with deadly shootings of unarmed people after Hurricane Katrina is asking for a delay in his Oct. 24 trial.
Gerard Dugue was not implicated in the shootings at the Danziger Bridge in 2005. However, he faces obstruction of justice and other charges in connection with the ensuing cover-up.
Earlier this year, four ex-officers pleaded guilty in the shootings; another pleaded guilty in the cover-up.
Two unarmed people were killed and others were wounded there by police on Sept. 4, 2005, days after levee failures caused catastrophic flooding.
Dugue’s public defender says he needs more time to prepare for trial and that prosecutors don’t oppose a delay. A ruling from the judge in the case is pending.