JohnSimerman /TheNew Orleans Advocate

NEWORLEANS-- An attempted-murder charge leveled Friday against a veteran New Orleans police officer will be dropped, leaving Detective Robert Hurst facing only a misdemeanor simple battery count over an incident in December involving his pregnant ex-girlfriend, a spokesman for Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro's office said late Tuesday.

Assistant District Attorney Christopher Bowman said Cannizzaro and senior prosecutors reviewed the evidence and found it didn't warrant the higher charge.

'To prove an attempted second-degree murder, you have to prove the defendant had the specific intent to kill the victim. That evidence did not exist, and that's an essential element of the crime,' Bowman said.

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