Jury deliberations resume in Katrina trial

By the Associated Press | August 5, 2011 | 9:45 AM EDT

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal jury has entered its third day of deliberations in the trial of five current or former police officers charged in deadly shootings on a New Orleans bridge after Hurricane Katrina.

Jurors did not reach a verdict Thursday after two days of deliberations. They resumed deliberating Friday morning.

Four of the defendants are charged with civil rights violations in the shootings that left two people dead and four others wounded on the Danziger Bridge less than a week after the 2005 storm.

All five are charged with participating in a cover-up that prosecutors say included a planted gun, falsified reports and fabricated witnesses.

Federal prosecutors say police shot unarmed people without justification. Defense attorneys say officers were shot at before returning fire.