Death penalty off the table in New Orleans policeman’s death

NEW ORLEANS (AP) — A Louisiana prosecutor says he won’t request the death penalty for a man accused of fatally shooting a New Orleans police officer during a struggle last year.

Darren Bridges is charged with first-degree murder in the death of Officer Marcus McNeil.

Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro said Wednesday that McNeil’s family agrees because death penalty cases involve years of delay for a final ruling.

Defense attorney Kerry Cuccia (KUH-chee) did not immediately respond to a request for comment on Cannizzaro’s decision and whether it means Bridges will need a new attorney.

Cuccia directs a nonprofit created to represent indigent defendants facing the death penalty. A description on the Louisiana Public Defenders Board’s website says the Capital Defense Project of Southeast Louisiana keeps a standing caseload of 25 defendants.

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