Another Charge Dropped in Trial of Lt. Brian Rice

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Lt. Brian Rice
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Prosecutors with State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office wrapped up arguments in the latest trial of a Baltimore police officer accused in Freddie Gray’s death on Monday.

After the arguments were complete, Judge Barry Williams decided to drop one of the charges against Lt. Brian Rice. According to WBAL, Williams to drop the assault charge against Rice. The move comes after prosecutors decided to drop a charge of misconduct in office to open the trial.

Rice still faces three other charges, including manslaughter and reckless endangerment. He is the highest-ranking officer charged in the case. Prosecutors are presenting the case that Rice was responsible for Gray’s well-being due to his rank.

Officers William Porter and Edward Nero, who were also charged in the case, both appeared on the witness stand during the state’s argument. Nero, who was previously acquitted by Williams, testified that officers initially drove the van away from the scene because of a growing crowd at Gilmor Homes.



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