A federal appeals court has ordered a new trial for a former New Orleans police officer who was convicted of manslaughter for fatally shooting a man whose burned body turned up after Hurricane Katrina.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals threw out David Warren's convictions Monday, saying a judge should have separated his trial from other officers charged in the death of 31-year-old Henry Glover.
The panel also reversed one of the convictions of former officer Gregory McRae, who burned Glover's body in a car. The judges upheld McRae's other civil rights convictions but ordered him to be resentenced.
U.S. District Judge Lance Africk sentenced Warren to more than 25 years in prison for shooting Glover outside a police substation at a strip mall.