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APNewsBreak: Judge overturns part of verdict in officers' trial over deadly Katrina shootings
NEW ORLEANS (AP) ' A federal judge has overturned portions of a jury's verdict against five current or former police officers convicted of civil rights violations in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ruled Thursday that jurors didn't hear sufficient evidence to convict Sgt. Kenneth Bowen of a charge he stomped on 40-year-old Ronald Madison after another officer shot and fatally wounded the mentally disabled man on a bridge after the 2005 storm.
Engelhardt also found insufficient evidence to convict four officers of conspiring to falsely prosecute shooting victim Jose Holmes. Holmes wasn't arrested or charged with wrongdoing.
But the judge upheld the majority of the officers' convictions in August and rejected defense attorneys' bids for a new trial.