Jury seated in federal civil-rights case against 2 NOPD officers

Date: Apr 04, 2011

Jury seated in federal civil-rights case against 2 NOPD officers

A racially diverse jury of seven men and seven women, including two alternates, has been selected to hear the case against two New Orleans police officers charged in the death of a Treme handyman in 2005.

Once a jury was selected, court broke for lunch. Opening arguments in the case are set to begin at 3:15 p.m.

Federal prosecutors allege that veteran officer Melvin Williams kicked and beat 48-year-old Raymond Robair to death on a sidewalk in July 2005. Williams' rookie partner at the time, Matthew Dean Moore, is charged with covering up the death by submitting a false police report, classifying the encounter with Robair as a "medical incident."

Both men have said they are innocent.

The police report says that when the officers happened upon Robair, he was stumbling and holding his chest, apparently in need of medical attention.

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