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BALTIMORE – A judge will hear arguments Thursday on whether the officers charged in the Freddie Gray case should be tried in Baltimore or another jurisdiction.
Attorneys for the officers have said days of protests and riots, a city-wide curfew and other pretrial publicity likely would taint a jury pool made up of Baltimore residents. Prosecutors say the trials should be held in the city.
Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams will hold the hearing the day after the city formally approved a $6.4 million settlement with Gray's family. Local officials have insisted the settlement won't affect the criminal proceedings.
Williams has granted separate trials for the officers.
Police say they're not planning to don riot gear, but will be prepared in the case of civil unrest.