NEW ORLEANS (AP) A federal judge has approved a former New Orleans police officer's request for a transfer from a federal prison in California while he awaits a new trial in connection with fatal shootings after Hurricane Katrina.

Robert Faulcon is one of five ex-police officers who face a retrial on charges stemming from the 2005 shootings of unarmed civilians following the storm. His earlier conviction was overturned. He recently asked a judge for a transfer from a California maximum security prison to a New Orleans-area lockup where he could more easily consult with his defense team.

U.S. District Judge Kurt Engelhardt approved the request Wednesday.

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