Apr 6, 2010 12:09 PM by Melissa Canone
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - The attorney for a civilian charged with
lying to the FBI about deadly police shootings on a New Orleans
bridge in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath says his client has a plea
agreement with federal prosecutors.
A court filing last week says Marion David Ryder falsely claimed
he was chasing a group of people near the Danziger Bridge when one
of the people fired a gun at him.
Ryder's lawyer, Edward James Lopez, said Tuesday that his client
will admit he did not see any civilians on the bridge open fire
before police officers shot and killed two people and wounded four
others less than a week after the 2005 storm.
Ryder is scheduled to appear before U.S. Magistrate Louis Moore
Jr. on April 16.
U.S. Attorney James Letten refused to comment.