The New Orleans Times-Picayune reports
that the four police officers charged with shooting unarmed civilians on the Danizger Bridge in the days after Hurricane Katrina will not face the death penalty.
The four, charged with civil rights violations and other crimes, now face life in prison if convicted. They are accused of opening fire on several people, killing two and wounding four. Two other officers are charged with crimes related to an alleged cover-up.
The charges were announced this summer, nearly five years after the shootings.
All six have pleaded not guilty. Other officers and civilians charged over the years for crimes related to the shootings have pleaded guilty.
A trial is expected to begin next year.