Lawyers Meet, But No Decision on Future of Officer Porter’s Case

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mitchell_courthouse1According to the AP, prosecutors and defense attorneys for Officer William Porter met privately in Judge Barry Williams’ chambers on Thursday morning following Wednesday’s declaration of a mistrial in the case. However, there was no immediate sign about how the case would move forward.

A court spokeswoman told the wire service that there was no indication about whether prosecutors had made a decision to retry Porter, who remains charged with manslaughter and other charges. Congressman Elijah Cummings initially released a statement indicating prosecutors would seek to retry him, and Gray’s family said they supported it. Lawyers will continue to meet, the spokeswoman said.

The next officer to stand trial is Officer Caesar Goodson, who was the driver of the van that carried Freddie Gray around West Baltimore. If the State’s Attorney’s office decides to retry Porter first, that would likely push Goodson’s trial back.

A mistrial was declared after jurors could not reach a unanimous verdict over three days of deliberations.

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