National media once again descended on Baltimore on Tuesday for a hearing leading up to the trial of the officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray. The officers’ attorneys filed motions arguing that statements made by five of the police were not admissible in court. But at the end of the day, no changes were made.
According to the Guardian, Judge Barry Williams ruled that Officer William Porter and Sgt. Alicia White made statements “without compulsion” to investigators following Gray’s death. Porter will be tried first in a session that begins Nov. 30. The question was whether the officers were coerced or threatened into talking with police. Both officers waived their Miranda rights. Williams ruled that they were not forced.
Three other officers agreed to withdraw their motions.
The sixth officer charged in the case, Caesar Goodson, did not give a statement to police. Goodson, who drive the van where Gray is said to have sustained the injuries that eventually killed him, faces the most serious charge of second degree depraved heart murder.
At the end of the day, the Guardian reports Williams issued a gag order to attorneys in the case not to discuss the case or rulings with anyone else.
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