CRIME

Verdict expected in Freddie Gray-officer trial in Baltimore

FILE  - This May 12, 2016 file photo shows officer Edward Nero, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, arriving at a courthouse at the beginning of his trial in Baltimore Md. A judge is expected Monday, may 23, 2016 to hand down his verdict in the case of the Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, file)

FILE - This May 12, 2016 file photo shows officer Edward Nero, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, arriving at a courthouse at the beginning of his trial in Baltimore Md. A judge is expected Monday, may 23, 2016 to hand down his verdict in the case of the Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana, file)  (The Associated Press)

A Baltimore judge is expected to announce his verdict in the trial of a police officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.

Officer Edward Nero is charged with assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Gray died April 19, 2015, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police transport van while he was handcuffed and shackled, but left unrestrained by a seat belt. His death set off protests and rioting that month.

Prosecutors say Nero unlawfully arrested Gray and was negligent when he failed to buckle him into a seat belt. Nero's attorney says the officer wasn't directly involved in Gray's arrest, adding it's the driver's responsibility to ensure a prisoner's safety.

Both the state and defense delivered closing arguments Thursday.