Paul Murphy / Eyewitness News
NEW ORLEANS -- The jury in the Danziger police shooting trial spent a second day behind closed doors, deliberating the fate of five former or current NOPD officers.
From all indications the seven men and five women are all business, working their way through all of the charges and the 12-page verdict form.
So far there have been no notes or questions to the judge, which is a good indication the jury is working hard to reach a verdict.
How long the jury will be out is anyone’s guess.
During the last police trial in December, the jury in the Glover case took three days to convict three officers and acquit two others in the cover-up and shooting of a man outside an Algiers shopping center.
In the Danziger case, five former or current New Orleans police officers are accused in the post-Katrina shooting of six unarmed civilians on the bridge.
“The absence of a conspiracy count in the Glover case and the fact that there is a conspiracy count in this case I think makes it more complicated,” said Eyewitness News legal analyst and former federal prosecutor Donald “Chick” Foret.
“If it doesn’t take at least three days or as long as it took in the Glover case, I think the defendants are really in trouble,” Foret said.
The Danziger jury is working through a 12-page verdict form. The form goes count-by-count through the indictment, asking jurors to mark guilty or not guilty for each defendant charged.
If the jury finds that officers used firearms to violate the civil rights of the two victims who died, the jury will then be asked to decide if the circumstances involved constitute murder.
In the Glover case the jury was also given the option to pick manslaughter as a lesser included offense, but manslaughter is not on the table in the Danziger case.
“It takes away the possibility of a compromise verdict as it relates to manslaughter versus murder,” Foret said. “The difference between murder and manslaughter is that in murder it’s a homicide committed with malice of forethought. In manslaughter it’s one that has no malice.”
Jurors left court Thursday at around 4:30 p.m. Deliberations will continue Friday morning