Freddie Gray Case Update: Goodson’s Trial Starts Jan. 11

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Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Officer Edward M. Nero, Officer Garrett E Miller (top L-R), Officer William G. Porter, Lt. Brian W. Rice, Sgt. Alicia D. White (bottom L-R),
Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Officer Edward M. Nero, Officer Garrett E Miller (top L-R), Officer William G. Porter, Lt. Brian W. Rice, Sgt. Alicia D. White (bottom L-R),

The next in the series of trials of Baltimore police officers accused in Freddie Gray’s death begins after the first of the year. According to a schedule released by the Maryland judiciary, Officer Caesar Goodson’s trial will begin a few days later than we first thought.

Initially, Jan. 6 was listed as the start of Goodson’s trial. But a statement released Monday indicates that pre-trial motions are set to take place that day.The trial itself will begin with jury selection on Monday, Jan. 11.

Goodson faces the most serious charges in connection with Gray’s April 19 death. He faces second degree depraved heart murder, of which none of the other five officers are accused, as well as four other charges including manslaughter. Goodson was the driver of the van that transported Gray around West Baltimore on the morning of April 12. When he emerged from the van, Gray was put on life support with an injury that was later characterized as a severe spinal injury, and died a week later.

The first trial in the case of Officer William Porter ended in a mistrial. Porter is scheduled to be tried again in June.

 



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