Retrial of former New Orleans police officer proceeding quickly
Former NOPD officer David Warren's retrial in the fatal shooting of Henry Glover after Hurricane Katrina is moving along more quickly than many expected.
The trial is in recess for the weekend and will resume Monday morning.
After the government's case ended abruptly Thursday, the defense team Friday began to give a different portrayal of Warren's fatal shooting of Glover from the balcony of an Algiers strip mall.
They focused on the fact that Glover was driving a stolen truck, that he took the truck to the strip mall to pick up a suitcase looted by a friend.
Also testifying Friday was William Tanner, the Good Samaritan who found Glover dying in the street.
But unlike the first trial three years ago that ended with the conviction of Warren and two other officers, Tanner was not allowed to talk about how the other officers burned his car with Glover's body inside then staged a cover-up of what happened.
With the limitations on what can and can't be presented to this jury, the trial has gone much faster than the previous trial in 2010.
The judge now estimates that deliberations could begin as soon as Tuesday.
Warren's conviction and 25-year sentence were thrown out after an appeal court ruled that he should not have been tried with the other officers.
Warren admits fatally shooting Glover, but says it was justified.