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May 14, 2014 6:01 AM by AP

Delay sought in trial linked to 2013 mass shooting

Federal prosecutors are seeking a delay in the drug-and-weapons trial of nine people connected to gunfire at a 2013 Mother's Day parade in New Orleans where 20 people were hurt.

Prosecutors asked Tuesday for a 120-day delay in the trial, currently set for June 16. They noted the complex nature of the case and the voluminous amount of evidence involved. They said defense attorneys have not objected to a delay.

Among the nine defendants are brothers Akein (ah-KEEN') and Shawn Scott, named by New Orleans police as the suspected gunmen at the neighborhood parade on May 12, 2013. State charges were dropped in favor of federal prosecution. The Mother's Day gunfire is mentioned in one count of a seven-count indictment outlining an alleged heroin distribution conspiracy dating back to 2006.

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