Posted: Dec 8, 2011 4:55 AM by Lauren Wilson & AP
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A jury is set to hear closing arguments in the trial of two New Orleans police officers charged with lying under oath about a man's fatal shooting outside the city's convention center in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
Attorneys for officers Ronald Mitchell and Ray Jones are expected to wrap up their case Thursday, a day after the prosecutions rested. Neither Mitchell nor Jones is expected to testify before the jury gets the case.
Mitchell, who shot and killed 45-year-old Danny Brumfield, and Jones aren't charged in the shooting itself. They are charged with obstruction of justice and perjury for allegedly lying about it during depositions for a civil lawsuit filed by Brumfield's widow.
Prosecutors say Mitchell lied when he said Brumfield lunged at him with a shiny object.