Trial delayed for man charged in Katrina shooting

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has postponed a trial for a white Mississippi man deemed mentally unfit to stand trial on charges he fired a shotgun at three black men who were trying to leave New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

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NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has postponed a trial for a white Mississippi man deemed mentally unfit to stand trial on charges he fired a shotgun at three black men who were trying to leave New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina.

Last month, a magistrate ordered Roland Bourgeois Jr. to be taken into federal custody and hospitalized for up to four months before his mental and physical health is re-evaluated.

On Thursday, U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon agreed to delay the start of Bourgeois’ trial from Oct. 31 to March 19, 2012.

Bourgeois, of Columbia., Miss., was indicted last year on charges stemming from the 2005 shooting, in which at least one of the men was wounded. Prosecutors called it a racially motived attack.

Copyright 2011 The Associated Press.

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