Records show man could be fit for trial in Katrina shooting

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Posted: Sep 26, 2017 4:59 PM

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A white man could be mentally fit to stand trial on charges he shot at three black men in a racially motivated attack in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina struck 12 years ago.

In a court filing Friday, federal prosecutors said mental health records suggest a psychiatrist evaluated Roland Bourgeois Jr. earlier this year and determined he was competent to stand trial. A lawyer for Bourgeois provided those records to prosecutors last week.

Bourgeois' trial has been postponed more than a dozen times since his 2010 indictment amid questions about his mental competency. Prosecutors are seeking more medical records to determine if Bourgeois is mentally and physically fit for trial.

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Authorities said Bourgeois wounded at least one of the three black men he shot at after the 2005 hurricane.