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Cop Convictions Overturned in Henry Glover Case


Updated 12 p.m.

The grisly post-K chapter involving the killing of Henry Glover isn't over. Two former NOPD officers convicted for the Algiers resident's death saw some of their convictions overturned by a federal appeals court ruling handed down late last week. David Warren, who shot Henry Glover, will get a new trial. Gregory McRae saw his conviction on one count reversed by the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, and will be resentenced in U.S. District Court.

 

A third convicted cop, Travis McCabe, was granted a new trial in 2011 because of a police report discovered after the trial was complete. The government apealed the ruling, but the Fifth Circuit denied the appeal.

 

Glover was shot in Algiers on Sept. 2, 2005. William Tanner tried to take Glover to a police headquarters, but was ordered to exit the car. Police drove Glover's body to a wooded area of a levee batture, and set the car on fire with a flare.  

 

Warren's conviction on two counts, which involved use of force and shooting Glover near the Seine St. shopping center, was vacated because his case should have been heard separately from the other officers, the appeals court ruled. Since different cops were charged with the shooting, the burning of the body and the police cover-up, the shooting and events that followed should have been tried separately, the court wrote. Since the cops were all tried together, the jury may have been misled into equating one cop's charges with another. 

 

McRae, who was convicted for burning Glover's body, saw his conviction reversed by the panel on one count, in which he was charged with impeding Glover's survivors from taking their case to court. There was insufficient evidence on that count, and McRae will be re-sentenced as a result.

 

The feds convinced the jury that burning Glover's body denied his family the right to seek legal action in connection with his death. But that didn't fly with the Appeals Court. Glover's family was very concerned about his death, but didn't ever try to sue. Therefore, they weren't blocked from doing so, the Court wrote.

 

"No person came to the door of the courthouse so no one was ever denied the constitutional right of entry," the panel wrote.

 

 

 

The facts surrounding Glover's death were brought to light mostly as a result of media investigations by the Times-Picayune, Pro Publica and others.

 

McCabe, who was convicted of writing a false police report abou the incident, was previously granted a new trial by a federal District Judge after a police report was found that matched a report that was presented at the trial as having been doctored. The Court said McCabe had the right to a new trial based on this new information.




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