New mental exam ordered for suspect in post-Katrina shooting

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A federal judge has ordered a mental health examination for a white man charged with shooting at three black men in what prosecutors called a racially motivated attack following Hurricane Katrina.

Roland Bourgeois (BOOZH’-wah) Jr. was indicted in 2010 and pleaded not guilty to federal charges including civil rights and firearms violations. His trial was repeatedly postponed amid questions about his mental competency.

A federal judge Tuesday ordered Bourgeois be examined at a federal medical facility.

Prosecutors said in documents last week that mental health records suggest a psychiatrist evaluated Bourgeois this year and determined he was competent for trial.

Authorities say Bourgeois shot at three black men, wounding one, after he and others discussed shooting black people and defending the Algiers Point neighborhood from “outsiders” after the 2005 storm.

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