Homicide

Rough ride theory is a twist in police custody death case

  • Officer Caesar Goodson, left, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, leaves the courthouse after the first day of his trial, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Brayan Woolston, Pool)

    Officer Caesar Goodson, left, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, leaves the courthouse after the first day of his trial, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Brayan Woolston, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Officer Caesar Goodson, left, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, leaves the courthouse after the first day of his trial, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Brayan Woolston, Pool)

    Officer Caesar Goodson, left, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, leaves the courthouse after the first day of his trial, Thursday, June 9, 2016, in Baltimore. (AP Photo/Brayan Woolston, Pool)  (The Associated Press)

  • Arthur B. Johnson Jr., of Baltimore, demonstrates alone outside Baltimore's Courthouse East on the first day of the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, not pictured, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, in Baltimore, 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)

    Arthur B. Johnson Jr., of Baltimore, demonstrates alone outside Baltimore's Courthouse East on the first day of the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, not pictured, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, in Baltimore, 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)

Prosecutors will call more witnesses to the stand to try and prove that a police van driver committed second-degree murder when he allegedly took a 25-year-old black man, who was handcuffed and shackled, for a "rough ride."

Officer Caesar Goodson's trial in the death of Freddie Gray began Thursday.

Gray died April 19, 2015, a week after his neck was broken in Goodson's wagon.

Prosecutors say Goodson intentionally meant to hurt Gray by not buckling him into a seat belt and speeding, running a stop sign and making a sharp turn.

Goodson's defense attorneys say the rough ride never happened and that Gray's injuries were self-inflicted when the man stood up inside a moving vehicle.