NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A former New Orleans police sergeant who is awaiting a new trial on charges in deadly shootings of civilians after Hurricane Katrina has been granted a transfer from a Colorado federal prison to the New Orleans area.
U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt ordered the move Thursday for Kenneth Bowen, one of five officers indicted in 2010 on charges related to the shootings at the Danziger Bridge days after Katrina hit in 2005.
Bowen had been assigned to a maximum security prison in Colorado. His attorneys had said a former police officer was not safe in the facility, which houses violent inmates. They also said he should be moved to New Orleans so he could better assist his attorneys while awaiting trial.