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Trial over Katrina shooting delayed for 12th time


NEW ORLEANS (AP) - For the 12th time in nearly three years, a federal judge has postponed the trial of a Mississippi man charged with shooting at three men in what prosecutors call a racially motivated attack in New Orleans following Hurricane Katrina.

Roland Bourgeois' trial was scheduled to start June 24, but a court filing Tuesday says it has been rescheduled for Aug. 19.

Court records don't provide an explanation for the most recent delay, but U.S. District Judge Mary Ann Vial Lemmon already has postponed Bourgeois' trial several times due to questions about his mental competency.

Prosecutors say Bourgeois, who is white, wounded at least one of the three black men he shot at following the 2005 storm.

Bourgeois lived in Columbia, Miss., at the time of his 2010 indictment.

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