NEW ORLEANS (AP) - A former New Orleans police officer has asked a federal judge to postpone his resentencing hearing for his convictions for burning the body of a man who was fatally shot by another officer in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath.
In a court filing Monday, a defense attorney argues that Gregory McRae shouldn't be resentenced until U.S. District Judge Lance Africk rules on his request for a new trial. McRae's resentencing hearing is currently set for Jan. 9.
Africk sentenced McRae to more than 17 years in prison after a jury convicted him of charges stemming from the burning of 31-year-old Henry Glover's body.
A three-judge panel of the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld McRae's convictions but ordered Africk to resentence him.