Verdict in Goodson Trial Could Come Next Week

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Officer Caesar Goodson
Officer Caesar Goodson

The defense rested its case in the trial of Caesar Goodson on Friday, bringing the witness examination portion of the latest chapter in the Freddie Gray case to a close. That sets up closing arguments and a potential verdict for next week for the Baltimore police officer who faces the harshest charges in connection with Gray’s death.

While the prosecution concentrated its case on proving that Goodson drove Gray on a rough ride, the defense’s case looked at the investigation itself.¬†This produced a number of unusual courtroom moments.

According to the Washington Post, one of the most striking moments came during the testimony of a police detective. During the exchange, a prosecutor accused Det. Dawnyell Taylor of “sabotaging” the state’s case against Goodson. Prosecutor Michael Schatzow said Taylor fabricated notes by the medical examiner’s office to cast uncertainty about whether Gray’s death was a homicide. Taylor then said she had problems with the integrity of another prosecutor, Janice Bledsoe.

The key question, however, remains what happened while Goodson was driving the police van that transported Gray through West Baltimore. Judge Barry Williams will be tasked with deciding whether Goodson’s actions amounted to second degree depraved heart murder next week.



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