NEW ORLEANS – A New Orleans police officer on trial for burning a man's body in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath denies he set the fire to cover up a police shooting.
Officer Gregory McRae testified Monday that he burned the body of 31-year-old Henry Glover because he didn't want to let it rot. McRae says he now knows he has "done a wrong."
McRae and Lt. Dwayne Scheuermann are charged with burning Glover's body after David Warren, now a former officer, shot him outside a strip mall. McRae and Scheuermann also are charged with beating people who drove Glover to a makeshift police headquarters in search of help.
The officers have pleaded not guilty to the charges. McRae denied beating anyone and said nobody ordered him to burn the body.