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Dec 4, 2012 12:05 PM by Associated Press

Court reviews cops' convictions in deadly beating

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two former New Orleans police officers have asked a federal appeals court to throw out their convictions and sentences stemming from the fatal beating of a 48-year-old handyman.

A three-judge panel from the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals didn't indicate when it would rule after hearing arguments Tuesday in the case against Melvin Williams and Matthew Dean Moore.

Raymond Robair died after Williams kicked and beat him with a baton during a July 2005 encounter in the city's Treme neighborhood.

Williams was sentenced to more than 21 years in prison for violating Robair's constitutional rights. His attorney argued there wasn't sufficient evidence to prove Williams inflicted Robair's fatal injuries.

Moore was sentenced to more than five years in prison for submitting a false report and lying to the FBI.

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