Officer William Porter won’t have to testify in the trials of three Baltimore police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray. That’s the main takeaway from the latest hearing in connection with the case.
According to CBS Baltimore, Judge Barry Williams denied a motion by State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby’s office that would have forced Porter to testify at the trials of Edward Nero, Garrett Miller and Lt. Brian Rice. Attorneys for Porter, whose own trial ended with a hung jury in December, argued that he shouldn’t have to testify against his fellow officers with his own second trial coming up. That ruling could mean the trials won’t be completely postponed, unless there is an appeal.
However, the other trials, which were supposed to happen before those three, remain on hold. Officer Caesar Goodson’s case is in the midst of an appeal process at a Maryland appeals court that will determine whether Porter has to testify at that trial. In the meantime, the trial of Sgt. Alicia White is also on hold pending that decision. The appeal hearing is scheduled in March.
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