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Judge to hear arguments on whether to move trials in Freddie Gray case out of Baltimore

  • Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby walks into a side door of the Baltimore Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 in Baltimore.  The trials for six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray will be held in Baltimore, Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams ruled, saying it would be nearly impossible to find a place not inundated by publicity about the high-profile.  (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)  WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby walks into a side door of the Baltimore Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 in Baltimore. The trials for six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray will be held in Baltimore, Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams ruled, saying it would be nearly impossible to find a place not inundated by publicity about the high-profile. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Sgt. K. Glanville of the Baltimore Police, left, talks with Kwame Rose, right, during a protest outside the Baltimore Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 in Baltimore.  The trials for six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray will be held in Baltimore, Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams ruled, saying it would be nearly impossible to find a place not inundated by publicity about the high-profile.  (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)  WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Sgt. K. Glanville of the Baltimore Police, left, talks with Kwame Rose, right, during a protest outside the Baltimore Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 in Baltimore. The trials for six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray will be held in Baltimore, Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams ruled, saying it would be nearly impossible to find a place not inundated by publicity about the high-profile. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Interim Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis speaks to members of the news media as protesters demonstrate outside the Baltimore Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 in Baltimore.  The trials for six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray will be held in Baltimore, Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams ruled, saying it would be nearly impossible to find a place not inundated by publicity about the high-profile.  (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP)  WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Interim Baltimore City Police Commissioner Kevin Davis speaks to members of the news media as protesters demonstrate outside the Baltimore Circuit Court on Thursday, Sept. 10, 2015 in Baltimore. The trials for six police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray will be held in Baltimore, Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams ruled, saying it would be nearly impossible to find a place not inundated by publicity about the high-profile. (Barbara Haddock Taylor/The Baltimore Sun via AP) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

A judge will hear arguments Thursday on whether the officers charged in the Freddie Gray case should be tried in Baltimore or another jurisdiction.

Attorneys for the officers have said days of protests and riots, a city-wide curfew and other pretrial publicity likely would taint a jury pool made up of Baltimore residents. Prosecutors say the trials should be held in the city.

Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams will hold the hearing the day after the city formally approved a $6.4 million settlement with Gray's family. Local officials have insisted the settlement won't affect the criminal proceedings.

Williams has granted separate trials for the officers.

Police say they're not planning to don riot gear, but will be prepared in the case of civil unrest.