Ex-NOPD officer's sentencing for obstruction postponed

Ex-NOPD officer's sentencing for obstruction postponed

NEW ORLEANS (WVUE) - An Orleans Parish Criminal Court judge delayed sentencing for a former New Orleans Police Department officer who pleaded guilty to charges stemming from the murder of a fellow officer.

Judge Karen Herman said she was not obligated to allow Wardell Johnson to stay out on bond.

The former officer will have to sit in jail pending the outcome of the trial of accused police killer, Travis Boys.  Boys is accused of killing officer Darryl Holloway in June of 2015.

Johnson admitted his guilt in the case last fall. He allegedly ignored evidence at the scene of Boys' initial arrest, did not pat him down properly, and was caught throwing evidence from the scene into a canal.

While in the backseat of Holloway's patrol car, police say Boys somehow obtained a weapon, and then shot and killed Holloway.

Johnson's defense attorney said he was not surprised the judge denied his client's bond.

"Nothing shocks me. I've been doing this for 30 years, so we're prepared for everything," defense attorney Robert Jenkins said. "He understands that the court has made a ruling, and we abide by that. He will get credit for time that he's serving and he's going to testify and that will help him in any sentencing."

Johnson has a status hearing on July 11. Boys does not have a trial date yet.

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