NEW ORLEANS (AP) – Three of the officers charged in the shooting deaths of two unarmed residents on the Danziger Bridge in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath have entered not guilty pleas.
Sgts. Robert Gisevius and Kenneth Bowen and Officer Anthony Villavaso made their initial court appearances in New Orleans on Wednesday.
U.S. Attorney Jim Letten's office said the Justice Department hasn't decided whether to seek the death penalty against them and former officer Robert Faulcon, who was arrested in Texas on Tuesday.
The case is one of several probes of alleged misconduct by New Orleans police officers that the Justice Department opened after the August 2005 storm.
Five former officers already have pleaded guilty to helping cover up the shootings that killed two residents and wounded four others.