The ex-New Orleans Police officer who shot 31-year-old Henry Glover in the days after Hurricane Katrina has taken the stand in his own defense.
This the second trial for David Warren, whose facing civil rights violations and gun charges.
Legal analyst Tim Meche was not surprised the defendant took the stand, noting Warren did so in his first trial. Even though the jury in that trial convicted Warren, Meche believes he made a strong witnesses.
Meche says it can be dangerous because the prosecution might go into areas now where they couldn't have gone before, like making Warren out to be a gun fanatic who loved high-powered weapons.
''By shooting Mr. Glover, it was a way of practicing his sport, that is some of the danger in him testifying,'' said Meche.
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Meche does say that if Warren does well on the stand, it could be the most important move yet.
''It's obviously the most critical point of the trial and he's either going to win or lose it with his testimony,'' he said.
Warren, 50, is being retried on federal civil-rights and gun charges stemming from the shooting death of Glover.