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.

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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.