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Ex-cop held in killings after Hurricane Katrina asks to be moved to a local jail

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NEW ORLEANS — Attorneys for a former New Orleans police sergeant who is awaiting a new trial on charges in deadly shootings after Hurricane Katrina have asked a federal judge to move him to a local jail.

Kenneth Bowen and three other former officers have been in custody since their indictment in 2010. U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ordered new trials for them in September 2013, citing prosecutorial misconduct, but did not free them.

In a filing Monday, Bowen's attorneys claim his confinement in a maximum security prison — where the most violent inmates are housed — puts him in danger because of his history as a police officer.

Bowen and the others were charged in the shooting of unarmed citizens on the Danziger Bridge in 2005, shortly after Katrina made landfall.

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