New indictment means delay in federal trial related to Mother's Day parade shooting


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NEW ORLEANS — The trial date in a federal drug trafficking case related to a 2013 Mother's Day parade shooting in New Orleans has been pushed back from November to March.

The trial was postponed Friday, a day after federal prosecutors said a delay is needed because a new indictment has been handed up. That indictment includes additional weapons charges related to the drug trafficking allegations.

Prosecutors have made the mass shooting at a neighborhood parade in May of 2013 an element of a multi-count indictment charging multiple defendants in connection with drug trafficking and illegal firearm use. Police said 19 people were hit by gunshots and one person was hurt in the chaos that ensued after the gunfire erupted. Two brothers who are defendants in the federal case allegedly fired the shots.

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