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Henry Glover murder investigation & trials

glover_tanner_burnt_car_propublicaFive current and former NOPD officers were charged with shooting and burning New Orleans resident Henry Glover just a few days after Katrina.

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captureMinutes after the verdict came down in the federal civil rights trial against five current of former NOPD members, the defendants and family members filed out federal court.

It took three days of deliberations for the jury to come back with three guilty verdicts and two acquittals. Former Lieutenant Robert Italiano, who was found not guilty said, “I want to thank god and thank my family and thank my lawyer. That’s all I want to say right now.”

But for Officer Greg McRae, the man who burned the car with Glover’s body in it, the verdict means he’ll most likely spend the rest of his life behind bars. His attorney, Frank DeSalvo said, “He’s not happy at all, his wife is very devastated. He told the truth as to what happened, how it happened, what he did.”

Because McRae admitted he acted alone, Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann was found not guilty. He plans on returning to work Friday morning at NOPD headquarters.

Former Officer David Warren, the shooter, faces a sentence of life behind bars. His attorney teared up while talking about Warren having to leave his wife and five small children. “It’s clear that Mr. Warren’s going to be away from his family for a long time, he’s a good man, he tried hard to help this city. I just don’t think people understand these split second decisions that police officers have to make.”

U.S. Attorney Jim Letten says the guilty verdicts speak volumes to the community. “This is a case that needed to be brought to light and cases like it. It is transparency and accountability that will continue to make sure the citizens are protected by the people who serve them, who are sworn to protect them including all of us and all of our individuals in law enforcement.”

David Warren’s attorney says he plans on appealing the verdict. McRae and Lt. Travis McCabe will report for a bond hearing Friday morning at 9 a.m.

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The car where Henry Glover’s body was found

The jury has finished their deliberations in the Katrina burned body case involving the murder of Henry Glover.

Count 1:

The jury found former NOPD officer David Warren guilty of shooting 31-year-old Henry Glover without justification outside a strip mall on Sept. 2, 2005.

Count 2:

The jury found former NOPD officer David Warren guilty of using a firearm during a crime of violence.

Count 3:

The jury found Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann not guilty of beating the men who brought the dying Henry Glover to a makeshift police compound.

The jury found Officer Gregory McRae not guilty of beating the men who brought the dying Henry Glover to a makeshift police compound.

Count 4:

The jury found Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann not guilty of a civil rights violation for the seizure and burning of William Tanners car.

The jury found Officer Gregory McRae guilty of a civil rights violation for the seizure and burning of William Tanners car.

Count 5:

The jury found Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann not guilty of a civil rights violation for the denial of access to the courts for Henry Glover’s descendants by burning his body.

The jury found Officer Gregory McRae guilty of a civil rights violation for the denial of access to the courts for Henry Glover’s descendants by burning his body.

Count 6:

The jury found Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann not guilty of obstruction of justice for burning of car and Glover’s body.

The jury found Officer Gregory McRae guilty of obstruction of justice for burning of car and Glover’s body.

Count 7:

The jury found Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann not guilty of the use of firearm in commission of a felony.

The jury found Officer Gregory McRae guilty of the use of firearm in commission of a felony.

Count 8:

The jury found former Lt. Robert Italiano not guilty of obstruction of justice by writing and submitting a false and misleading police report.

The jury found Lt. Travis McCabe guilty of obstruction of justice by writing and submitting a false and misleading police report.

Count 9:

The jury found former Lt. Robert Italiano not guilty of writing and submitting a false report to the FBI on the shooting.

Count 10:

The jury found Lt. Travis McCabe guilty of making false statements to the FBI.

Count 11:

The jury found Lt. Travis McCabe guilty of perjury before a federal grand jury.

captureDay two of jury deliberations has wrapped up in the federal civil rights trial against five former or current members of the NOPD.

The jury is considering an 11 count indictment against the five defendants. Former Officer David Warren is accused of shooting Henry Glover. Officer Greg McRae and LT. Dwayne Scheuermann are accused of beating three men that brought Glover’s body to a police compound and former LT. Robert Italiano and LT. Travis McCabe are accused of writing a false police report.

While the jury has been deliberating, the attorneys and family members of the defendants have been waiting in the halls at federal court for a verdict to come down. Some protestors have also been gathering outside the courthouse to show support for the Glover family.

captureThe fate of five current or former members of the NOPD will soon be in the hands of the jury. The men are charged with killing Henry Glover in the days after Katrina and then conspiring to cover up the crime.

Both the prosecution and defense presented their closing arguments Monday. Prosecutor Jared Fishman said the five defendants lost site of their solemn commitment to the community. Fishman told the jury, “These five officers thought they could get away with their crimes because no one was watching.” Fishman then told the jury there were hundreds of bodies discovered after the storm but, “Only one body, Henry Glover, was burned.”

One by one, attorneys for each defendant made their case to the jury. Julian Murray, David Warren’s attorney told the jury, “This case is not a referendum on whether or not you like the police department.” Murray portrayed Warren as a family man who feared for his life when he made a split second decision to shoot Henry Glover.

The other defense attorneys urged the jury to consider the circumstances under which the officers were living and working,  when Glover was killed.

The jury will begin deliberations Tuesday morning.

captureFormer NOPD Lieutenant Robert Italiano took the stand in his defense Wednesday afternoon at federal court.

Italiano is accused of lying to the FBI about the existence of a police report filed months after Henry Glover was killed.

The report in question was written December 2nd, 2005. Italiano was interviewed by the FBI in 2009. Italiano’s attorney, Steven Lemoine asked him in court, “Did you have any intent to deceive the FBI?” Italiano replied, “No sir. I had forgotten there was a report written.”

Italiano is also accused of telling FBI agents there was no connection between an officer involved shooting on September 2nd, 2005 and a burned body that was discovered in a car behind the levee. The defendant told the jury he honestly didn’t think the two were related but today admitted, “Had I not reached the wrong conclusion, maybe we would’ve investigated and maybe we wouldn’t be sitting here today.”

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The car where Henry Glover’s body was found

An NOPD lieutenant said he was shocked to see his colleague set the car with Henry Glover’s body in it, on fire.

But before Lt. Dwayne Schwueermann testified Tuesday, Officer Greg McRae took the stand to admit he burned the body because he said he was sick of seeing bodies rot.

McRae says a supervisor told him to remove the car and the body from a police compound for health reasons.

McRae testified about how he lit the car on fire saying, “When I opened the door, I lit the flare…threw it in the car, closed the door.” But the car didn’t catch on fire so McRae said he “Fired one 40 caliber bullet into the rear of the car.” The car then went up in flames.

The other person on the scene was Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann who testified he pulled onto the levee as McRae was throwing the flare in the car. He then asked McRae, “What the f did you do?”

Scheuermann says they were not authorized to burn the car and he didn’t have any idea McRae was planning to do that saying, “There was no discussion whatsoever. Not even a hint of it, it was a shock.”

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11/29/10

Henry Glover trial continues after Thanksgiving break

19GrandJury2“I just wish Katrina would have never happened. Like I said, I was in that dome five days, I didn’t kill anyone, five days.”

Henry Glover’s aunt Rebecca Glover wishes she didn’t have to relive horrid memories of Hurricane Katrina, but she is reliving them in court today.

Expert witness Alan Baxter testified former NOPD officer David Warren was justified in shooting Henry Glover on September 2,2005.

Baxter says Glover “charged” Warren, and Warren “believed that his life was going to end right there.”

Rebecca Glover does not agree. “I want justice. I want these people to be accountable for what they did because he didn’t deserve to be murdered and burned up like that. You don’t do this to an animal. You burn trash not people.”

Former officer Warren listened to the testimony while taking notes. Prosecutors cross examnied Baxter and pointed out Warren’s actions earlier that morning, that included firing warning shots at another man, were not in compliance with NOPD rules.

Rebecca Glover says, “You’re never going to see him again, not in this life.”

Glover’s family says they look forward to the day this trial ends and justice has been served.

Sgt. Sherman Joseph and good samaritan William Tanner also testified Monday. Sgt. Joseph remebers seeing the white Malibu drive into Habans Elementary. Tanner says he has no doubt NOPD officer Gregory McRae was the man who beat him.

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Officer David Warren was one of five current & former New Orleans Police Officers who were charged during the investigation of the death of Henry Glover, whose body was found shot and burned in the days following Hurricane Katrina.

Warren started off his testimony by describing the morning of September 2nd, 2005. On that morning, Warren shot at a man on a bike as he passed by the strip mall Warren and his partner were guarding. David Warren said the man was acting suspicious so he fired a warning shot, without hitting him. He testified, “I wanted him to realize this was not a friendly place, go away.”

Prosecutors countered, “You knew that was against NOPD rules to be firing warning shots?” Warren answered, “Yes I did.”

Warren says he then saw a Firestone pickup truck pull up. He says two men got out and headed toward his direction. Warren told the jury he yelled, “Police, get back. Police,  get back.” But according to Warren, the men didn’t stop, so he fired one shot…the shot that hit Henry Glover.

Warren said, “I didn’t understand it…I told them to get back…my presumption was they didn’t care what I was telling them…I felt threatened. “

Warren said he didn’t think he hit Glover because he saw him running down the street. It wasn’t until months later that he learned Glover had died.

CaptureDay five has wrapped up of the trial in which five current or former members of the NOPD are accused of killing Henry Glover and then covering up the crime.

Most of the testimony centered around the police report that was filed after Glover’s death.

Sgt. Nina Simmons told the jury she wrote the original report, two months after the shooting. But when prosecutors showed Simmons the official police report on record, she said, “It’s a fabricated copy.” She then said, “I didn’t write it, it’s not mine.”

Simmons says this report isn’t hers because the style is completely different from how she’s been doing reports during her nearly 30 years with the NOPD. Also, the current report claims after Officer David Warren shot someone there was an exhaustive search for the subjects. Simmons says that never happened.

Prosecutors allege Lt. Robert Italiano and Lt. Travis McCabe falsified the report.

Sgt. Simmons did admit that she lied to a federal grand jury about the report in the past, saying she had in fact written the entire thing. But now Simmons says she lied…she claims she was embarrassed about her name being associated with a fake report.

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