Trial to begin for wagon driver in police custody death case

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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.