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Prosecution rests case in Katrina shooting retrial of ex-cop

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NEW ORLEANS - Attorneys representing former NOPD officer David Warren expect to begin presenting their side of the 2005 shooting of 31-year-old Henry Glover Friday morning.  Warren is being re-tried on federal civil rights violation charges in Glover's  death.

Federal prosecutors surprised even Warren's attorney when they wrapped up their case Thursday afternoon.

"The government resting is surprising," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti. "They didn't have the greatest witnesses in the world. They had two policemen that were impeachable or were impeached for prior inconsistent statements, and they're hanging their whole hat on what went on in the last two days. I had a feeling this thing was going to be a shorter case, and I don't think that the defense is going to put on that many witnesses.

"We are family also and we need to know what's going on, because all of us have concerns," said Glover's aunt, Rebecca Glover. "We know something is going on, you know, and we just want to know what it is. I mean, you stop calling witness - you got other witnesses that you have not called."

That was not the only surprise of the day.  The judge dismissed a black male juror, and neither he nor the attorneys in the case would say why the juror was let go.

"Something is going on, I just can't put my hand on what's going on," said Rebecca Glover.

She said her family is disturbed by the courthouse developments.

"Henry was a black man too, so I want to know why nobody said why they dismissed him or what reason," she said. "I don't know what their protocol is on that, but I have a question about that. What could he have done, or what happened that they dismissed him?"

"Not sure why the juror was dismissed," Raspanti said. "Could be a personal issue."

Earlier in the day, NOPD officer Keyahlah Bell sobbed on the witness stand as she talked about seeing Glover bleeding and sprawled on the backseat of a car.  She also said shortly after the shooting, she went to the scene and spoke to Warren, who was surprisingly calm.

"He had a really calm demeanor, like nonchalant - said, ‘I shot 'em, they were looting,'" said Bell.

But during cross-examination, defense attorneys slammed Bell for not initially telling FBI agents who were investigating the shooting that she saw Glover dying in the car. Bell said she wasn't lying during her testimony.  She said she suppressed a lot of what she experienced that day, and when she recalled it she called the FBI to provide the additional information.

"Here's another police witness who forgot to say something that was obviously a very big issue, so these witnesses that the government had to rely on obviously are less than credible because they're impeachable," Raspanti said.

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