- Associated Press - Thursday, July 17, 2014

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Defendants in a federal drug-and-weapons case linked to a 2013 Mother’s Day shooting spree that left 20 people hurt in New Orleans have been granted a delay in their scheduled trial.

The August 11 trial date was delayed until Nov. 10.

The case involves brothers Akein (ah’-KEEN) and Shawn Scott. Police have alleged they fired guns during a neighborhood “second-line” parade.

That shooting is one element in a broad federal indictment naming nine people in connection with an alleged heroin and crack cocaine operation.

Defendants had sought the delay because eight people were added this year to an indictment returned last fall against a single defendant. Also, a lawyer for one of the defendants was recently replaced, meaning more preparation time is needed.

A federal judge granted the delay Thursday.

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