A jury has acquitted a former New Orleans police officer of fatally shooting Henry Glover without justification outside a strip mall in Algiers in the days after Hurricane Katrina.
Jurors for David Warren's retrial deliberated for more than 12 hours over two days before acquitting him Wednesday of a civil rights violation and a firearm charge stemming from the September 2005 shooting death of the 31-year-old, whose body was later burned in a car by another officer.
Warren testified that he feared for his life when he shot Glover. Prosecutors say Glover wasn't armed.
Warren had been sentenced to nearly 26 years in prison after a different jury convicted him of manslaughter in 2010. An appeals court last year ordered a new trial, ruling he should have been tried separately from four other former officers charged in an alleged cover-up.
Now a free man, Warren told reporters after he was acquitted, that although he sympathizes with the Glover family, he has "no regrets."
"I do not have regrets. Unfortunately, in this situation, I felt that I acted properly and I still feel that I acted properly, and that I stand by," Warren said.
Glover's aunt, Rebecca Glover, expressed shock after the verdicts were announced, saying "He should have done what he was supposed to do and we wouldn't have went through this."
U.S. Attorney Kenneth Polite offered his reaction in a written statement.
"While we are disappointed by the verdict, we thank the jury members for their attentive service in reaching a decision in this matter," he said.
(With assistance from The Associated Press.)