BALTIMORE – The Latest on the Baltimore trial of a police officer on trial for murder in the death of a black prisoner whose neck was broken in a police transport van:
A judge is refusing to dismiss charges against a Baltimore police officer on trial for murder in the death of a black prisoner whose neck was broken in a police transport van.
Judge Barry Williams made the ruling to move forward with the case Thursday, a day after prosecutors rested their case and defense attorneys filed to dismiss the charges.
Defense attorneys argued that prosecutors failed to prove that Officer Caesar Goodson, the van driver, gave Freddie Gray a "rough ride" that caused his injury. But prosecutors contended that there was enough evidence to move forward. They say Goodson had multiple chances to put Gray in a seatbelt, instead of leaving him handcuffed and shackled on the floor of the van.
Goodson's attorneys will now move ahead with their defense, on the sixth day of trial.
Attorneys for a Baltimore police officer on trial for murder in the death of a black prisoner whose neck was broken in a police transport van are set to push hard for acquittal.
Lawyers for Officer Caesar Goodson will be arguing their case Thursday in a Baltimore courtroom. Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday afternoon.
Lawyers for the state suffered a setback earlier in the day when a judge found they had violated discovery rules. That's because they didn't turn over notes from a detective that indicate an assistant medical examiner at none point considered that the death of Freddie Gray might have been an accident. That could contradict earlier testimony from Dr. Carol Allan, who determined Gray's death was a homicide and not an accident.