NEW ORLEANS — Three of the former New Orleans police officers who won a new trial in connection with deadly shootings on a bridge after Hurricane Katrina have asked a federal judge to release them from prison.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt didn't immediately rule on the separate requests for bond filed Tuesday and Wednesday by lawyers for former Sgt. Kenneth Bowen and former officers Robert Faulcon and Anthony Villavaso.
In September, Engelhardt cited allegations of "grotesque" prosecutorial misconduct in deciding to order a new trial for five former officers convicted in the 2005 shootings on the Danziger Bridge.
Engelhardt already has set bond for former Sgt. Arthur Kaufman, who was convicted of orchestrating a cover-up but wasn't charged in the shootings that killed two unarmed residents and wounded four others.