2 officers plead not guilty in beating death

NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Two New Orleans police officers have pleaded not guilty to federal charges in the July 2005 beating death of a 48-year-old man.

The case against officers Melvin Williams and Matthew Dean Moore is one of at least eight Justice Department probes of the New Orleans Police Department that has led to charges against 18 of the city's current or former officers.

A federal magistrate on Friday ordered Williams freed on $200,000 bond even though prosecutors had asked for him to be jailed without bond. Moore's bond was set at $100,000.

An indictment last month accuses Williams of kicking Raymond Robair and beating him with a police baton, causing his fatal injuries. Robair died of a ruptured spleen after Williams and Moore dropped him off at a hospital.

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