BALTIMORE – The latest on the trial of a police officer accused in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a mysterious injury in the back of a transport van (all times local):
All the potential jurors for the trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray have indicated that they've heard of the case.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams asked 75 potential jurors on Monday whether anyone had not heard about the Gray case, the city-wide curfew imposed after his death or the settlement paid to his family. No one in the group responded.
Gray's death prompted widespread protests and rioting in Baltimore, leading to the curfew.
Twelve jurors said they had family members who are in law enforcement, while 37 said they had been a victim or a suspect in a crime, had been to jail or had charges pending against them. Twenty-six people said they had strong feelings about the charges against Officer William Porter, which include manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Ten said they had medical issues that would preclude them from serving on a jury.
Williams said he expects the trial to wrap up by Dec. 17.
Jury selection has begun in the trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.
Roughly 75 prospective jurors were called into a Baltimore courtroom on Monday morning, and Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams began questioning the group. A small group of protesters gathered outside the courtroom just before 9 a.m., and their chants of "All night, all day, we will fight for Freddie Gray," could be heard throughout the morning's proceedings.
Gray was a 25-year-old black man who died a week after suffering a critical spinal injury while in custody. His death prompted widespread protests and rioting.
Williams read aloud more than 200 names of possible witnesses. That list included more than 100 Baltimore police officers, lawyers and prosecutors.