Judge dismisses charges in Katrina cover-up death

February 6, 2014 - 10:04 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has thrown out charges against a former New Orleans policeman who faced a retrial next month on charges he helped cover up a deadly police shooting after Hurricane Katrina.

At the request of prosecutors, U.S. District Judge Lance Africk on Thursday dismissed the case against former Lt. Travis McCabe, who had been convicted of writing a false report on the shooting of Henry Glover.

Africk had ordered a new trial for McCabe based on evidence that surfaced after his conviction. It was scheduled to begin March 10.

There is now just one former officer, Gregory McRae, whose conviction in the case stands. McRae admitted in court to setting Glover's body on fire in a car and then abandoning it.