Verdict: Caesar Goodson Found Not Guilty

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Officer Caesar Goodson
Officer Caesar Goodson

Officer Caesar Goodson, who faced the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray, received a not guilty verdict by Judge Barry Williams today.

Prosecutors charged Goodson with second-degree depraved heart murder for giving what prosecutors say was a rough ride.

The prosecution also charged Goodson with three counts of manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct. He received not guilty verdicts on all other charges as well.

Judge Barry Williams said the court reviewed the video of the ride 15 times and could not determine that Goodson gave a rough ride. The state wanted the court to assume that Goodson wanted to hurt Gray intentionally, Judge Williams said, but that the court could not assume such intent based on what the state presented.

 



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