Posted: Aug 19, 2011 8:36 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a former police officer who pleaded guilty to helping cover up deadly shootings of unarmed residents on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.
U.S. District Judge Martin Feldman agreed Thursday to postpone Ignatius Hill's sentencing hearing from Aug. 24 to Oct. 5.
Hills' attorney had asked for more time to study how his client's case is affected by a jury's convictions of five other current or former officers who were charged in the Danziger Bridge shootings.
Two other former officers who pleaded guilty to participating in a cover-up already have had their sentencing hearings postponed since the jury's Aug. 5 verdict.
Police shot and killed two people and wounded four others on the bridge several days after the 2005 storm.