In the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, Jr., Friday’s pause button became a full-on hold by Monday.
The Maryland Court of Special Appeals delayed Goodson’s trial in connection with Freddie Gray’s death on Monday. Jury selection was set to begin in Goodson’s trial on Monday morning at 9:30 a.m., but the appeals court has yet to sort out whether they will allow one of the other officers in the Gray case to appear in Goodson’s trial.
Prosecutors want Officer William Porter, whose own December courtroom date resulted in a hung jury, to testify during Goodson’s trial. The judge overseeing the trial initially allowed Porter to testify, but his attorneys took their case to the Court of Special Appeals. That court still doesn’t have a definitive ruling on whether Porter would be allowed to testify. Therefore, the ruled that the trial is on hold until the issue is sorted.
Goodson was the driver of the van that transported Gray around West Baltimore. He faces the most serious charges in any of the cases against the officers, being the only officer charged with second degree depraved heart murder.