NEW ORLEANS – Former NOPD Officer David Warren has been found not guilty of the shooting death of Henry Glover in the days after Katrina.
The verdict came about 45 minutes after Judge Lance Africk ordered the jurors back in to deliberations. The jurors had indicated that there was a majority, but that a consensus couldn't be reached.
After the verdict was read, Glover's mother was carried out of court wailing after the verdict was read.
His aunt expressed the family's outrage at the decision, one that will free Warren about three years after a jury had convicted him, along with those accused of covering up the shooting.
"I don't get how they could let him go," said Rebecca Glover. "It was like somebody stabbed me in the heart... We don't have no justice in this city."
Warren's defense team disagreed, saying justice took a while, but, was served.
"We're elated," said attorney Julian Murray. "We think our client is innocent. We think he's always been innocent. He spent three and a half years in jail but the system ultimately worked. We do understand the sadness of the Glover family."
About an hour before the verdict, foreman had told Africk that tension was thick as they were deadlocked. The judge then ordered them back and gave them the 'dynamite' charge, aimed at blowing up a deadlock. It obviously worked.
The jurors were charged with deciding if the fatal shot fired by David Warren that killed Henry Glover in an Algiers strip mall was fired improperly.
Warren has contended that he was armed with a rifle due to the chaos following Katrina and that he thought Glover had a gun. On the stand he apologized for the death but said given the same circumstances he would do it again.
The prosecution contends that Warren was trigger happy and shot Glover because he thought no one was watching in the wake of the storm.
Jurors had several questions for the judge throughtout the day. They wanted a chance to see how far 66 feet was by stretching out a tape measure. The 66 feet is the distance that Warren was from Glover when he fired the shot.
Jurors have also asked some technical questions about the charges.
Warren was initially convicted of the shooting in 2010, but he was allowed a new trial after a judge ruled that his trial should have been conducted separately from the men who burned Glover’s body and covered up the shooting.