One count dropped in post-Ka­t­rina body burn­ing case

Cape Breton Post - - WORLD -

NEW OR­LEANS — A for­mer New Or­leans po­lice of­fi­cer con­victed for burn­ing the body of a man shot to death by another of­fi­cer as the city coped with cat­a­strophic flood­ing fol­low­ing Hur­ri­cane Ka­t­rina may get some time shaved off his 17-year prison sen­tence. The 5th U.S. Cir­cuit Court of Ap­peals said Tues­day that a re­cent Supreme Court rul­ing in another case in­volv­ing de­struc­tion of records re­quires that one ob­struc­tion charge against for­mer of­fi­cer Gre­gory McRae be thrown out. The court re­fused to grant him a new trial, how­ever. McRae re­mains con­victed on two other charges in the burn­ing of a car with Henry Glover’s body in­side it. The 5th Cir­cuit said the fed­eral judge in McRae’s case will have to hold a new sen­tenc­ing hear­ing. Glover was shot at a strip mall be­ing guarded by po­lice four days af­ter Ka­t­rina hit in 2005. Although five peo­ple were orig­i­nally tried in the case, McRae is now the only one con­victed. McRae’s ap­peal for a new trial in­volved ar­gu­ments that he was suf­fer­ing from post-trau­matic stress syn­drome when he set the car ablaze. For­mer of­fi­cer David War­ren was ini­tially con­victed on a fed­eral man­slaugh­ter charge, but he won a new trial when an ap­peals court said he should have been tried sep­a­rately from four other for­mer of­fi­cers charged in the coverup of Glover’s death. War­ren was ac­quit­ted af­ter tes­ti­fy­ing he feared for his life when he shot Glover.

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