Homicide

Trial to begin for wagon driver in police custody death case

  • Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson, center, leaves Courthouse East with his lawyer Matthew Fraling on Monday, June 6, 2016, in Baltimore. Caesar Goodson, who was driving the transport wagon, faces second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges in the death of Freddie Gray. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)  WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT

    Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson, center, leaves Courthouse East with his lawyer Matthew Fraling on Monday, June 6, 2016, in Baltimore. Caesar Goodson, who was driving the transport wagon, faces second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges in the death of Freddie Gray. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT  (The Associated Press)

  • Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow, left, and Deputy State's Attorney Janice Bledsoe arrive for the first day of the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, not pictured, charged with murder in the death of of Freddie Gray, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Goodson, the driver of the transport wagon that carried Gray after his arrest, faces second-degree murder, manslaughter and other charges. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)

    Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow, left, and Deputy State's Attorney Janice Bledsoe arrive for the first day of the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, not pictured, charged with murder in the death of of Freddie Gray, Thursday, June 9, 2016. Goodson, the driver of the transport wagon that carried Gray after his arrest, faces second-degree murder, manslaughter and other charges. (AP Photo/Steve Ruark)  (The Associated Press)

  • Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, leaves the courthouse in Baltimore after a lunch break during the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray,  Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Baltimore.   Goodson, the driver of the transport wagon that carried Gray after his arrest, faces second-degree murder, manslaughter and other charges. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

    Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby, leaves the courthouse in Baltimore after a lunch break during the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Baltimore. Goodson, the driver of the transport wagon that carried Gray after his arrest, faces second-degree murder, manslaughter and other charges. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)  (The Associated Press)

The trial for a police officer charged with murder in the death of a 25-year-old black man whose neck was broken in the back of a transport wagon is slated to begin.

Officer Caesar Goodson faces second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges stemming from the death of Freddie Gray.

Prosecutors say Goodson was ultimately responsible for Gray's well-being and was so negligent in failing to call a medic for Gray or buckle the man into a seat belt that his inaction amounts to a crime.

Goodson waived his right to a jury trial and instead will leave his fate up to Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams.

Gray died April 19 of last year, a week after he suffered a critical spinal injury in Goodson's wagon.