Feb 29, 2012 10:30 AM by AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A federal judge has postponed a sentencing hearing for a New Orleans police officer convicted of lying about the aftermath of a deadly shooting outside the city's convention center following Hurricane Katrina.
Ronald Mitchell was scheduled to be sentenced March 7, but U.S. District Judge Sarah Vance moved the hearing to April 4.
Vance said in her order that she needs more time to consider post-trial motions, including Mitchell's request for a new trial.
Mitchell shot and killed 45-year-old Danny Brumfield with a single shotgun blast in September 2005. A jury convicted him in December of lying when he said he left his patrol car after the shooting and checked for Brumfield's pulse.
Mitchell's partner that day, Officer Ray Jones, was acquitted of obstruction of justice and perjury charges.