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Defense begins calling witnesses in Warren trial


NEW ORLEANS - The defense began calling witnesses Friday in the re-trial of a former New Orleans police officer accused of a post-Katrina shooting death.

Judge Lance Africk also laid out his reasons for dismissing the only black male juror.

Relatives of Henry Glover returned to federal court, frustrated by the latest turn of events.

"I'm not feeling very good about it, I've never seen anything like this," said the victim's aunt, Rebecca Glover.

Judge Lance Africk announced that the only black male juror was dismissed because he was discussing the case over social media.

"These things are the biggest problems around right now," said FOX 8 legal analyst Joe Raspanti. "The technology has outstripped the law. You can't have a juror come in and Google, and say, 'oh I heard, this.' You cannot have that."

The day's first witness was good Samaritan William Tanner.

"I wasn't there when he pulled the trigger, I just heard the sound of the gun," Tanner said.

Tanner testified that he was turned away by police when he sought help for Glover, whose body was later found in Tanner's burned out car behind the Algiers levee.

"I thought bad about that," he told FOX 8. "I thought they would give me help. First time I was treated nice. The second time, I wasn't treated very nice."

Also on the stand Friday, a toxicology expert who testified that key witness Linda Howard may have been on Benadryl when she gave investigators statements about what she did and didn't see when Glover was shot.

"They will know what Benadryl will do, they will have to draw their own conclusions," said Raspanti, talking about the jury.

From toxicology experts to FBI agents, the defense strategy appears to be an attempt to undermine the credibility of officer Linda Howard, who was Warren's former partner and a key witness in the case.

"She is a very big witness, and she's kinda been her own worst enemy because she's given statements that were contradictory," said Raspanti.

The defense is in recess for the weekend.

"I wish it was over, it should have been over in 2010," Tanner said.

Testimony continues at 8:30 Monday morning.

This case is much shorter than the first trial, which was reversed. The judge has indicated that testimony could wrap up on Tuesday.



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