New Orleans Cop Denies Cover-Up in Katrina Killing

Says he burned corpse to prevent 'rot'
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 30, 2010 6:39 PM CST
Rebecca Glover, aunt of Henry Glover.   (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)
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(Newser) – A New Orleans police officer charged with burning the body of a man shot to death by a fellow officer after Katrina testified that he didn't do so to cover up the killing, ProPublica reports. Officer Greg McRae said he was exhausted and stressed, and that he burned the body of 31-year-old Henry Glover inside a car because it was sanitary and efficient: "I had seen enough rot," he said. "I had seen enough bodies."

McRae, one of five officers on trial on charges related to Glover's death, also is accused of beating three men who came to Glover's assistance. The officer charged with the actual shooting, David Warren, said earlier in the trial that he opened fire because he thought Glover was running toward him with a weapon; a fellow officer says Glover was actually running away from their makeshift police station. The Times-Picayune has full coverage of the trial here.

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