NEW ORLEANS ― Opening statements that could last several hours will begin this morning in the trial of five current and former New Orleans Police officers charged with Federal Civil Rights violations stemming from a shooting in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

The jury is expected to hear nearly five-and-a-half hours of opening statements in the trial that is expected to last seven to eight weeks.

The prosecution will get an hour and a half to present their opening statements, followed by 45-minute statements by each defense attorney.

There's also a possibility that the jury, which is made up of seven men and five women, could hear from one of the people on the bridge that day.

Susan Bartholomew is expected to be the prosecution's first witness.

In the frenzied days after Katrina, police killed two people and wounded four others on the Danziger Bridge. The men are accused of covering up the event by making it appear justified.

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