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Statement from Freddie Gray's family attorney

Statement from attorney William "Billy" Murphy, Jr.:

"On last Sunday morning at about 8am, the police chased Freddie Gray, a 27 year old healthy man, without any evidence he had committed a crime. His take-down and arrest without probable cause occurred under a police video camera, which taped everything including the police dragging and throwing Freddy into a police vehicle while he screamed in pain. While in police custody, his spine was 80 percent severed at his neck. He lapsed into a coma, died, was resuscitated, stayed in a coma and on Monday, underwent extensive surgery at Shock Trauma to save his life. He clung to life for seven days and died today at approximately 7am.  We believe the police are keeping the circumstances of Freddie’s death secret until they develop a version of events that will absolve them of all responsibility. However, his family and the citizens of Baltimore deserve to know the real truth; and we will not stop until we get justice for Freddie."

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Freddie Gray, injured during arrest, has died

Freddie Gray, a Baltimore man injured during an arrest by Baltimore police last week, has died at Shock Trauma, according to family members and a hospital spokesperson.

Gray's death comes a week after his arrest and just hours after a protest was held at Baltimore police headquarters.

Gray's stepfather, Richard Shipley, who has acted as a family spokesperson since the incident, confirmed that his stepson passed away Sunday

"He's gone," Shipley said. "What else is there to say?"

A Shock Trauma spokeswoman confirmed Gray's death, but could not provide any further details Sunday morning.

Protests are slated to continue Sunday, one group said.

It's unclear how Gray, 27, was injured, and police have not released any documents or reports relating to the case.

At a news conference Sunday afternoon, Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake and Police Commissioner Anthony Batts said they are committed to providing the public with information about the circumstances of Gray's death.

"I understand the frustration...

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Double-shooting in East Baltimore leaves two hurt

A double-shooting in East Baltimore on Saturday afternoon left two men wounded, police said. 

Officers responded to the incident at about 6:15 p.m. in the 600 block of N. Glover St. and found a 28-year-old man with a gunshot wound to the leg. He was taken to a hospital for treatment. 

Around the same time, a 27-year-old man showed up at a hospital, also with a gunshot wound to his leg, and told police he had been shot in the 600 block of N. Glover St. 

Both were expected to survive their injuries. Anyone with information was asked to call 410-396-2422. 

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Two people fatally shot on Garrison Avenue overnight

Two men were fatally shot on Garrison Avenue on Friday evening, according to Baltimore Police.

Officers reporting to the 2800 block of Garrison Avenue around 10:57 p.m. after receiving calls about gunfire discovered two people shot. The first victim had suffered gunshot wounds to the body as was pronounced dead at the scene.

The second victim, an 18-year-old man, also had been shot multiple times. He was transported to an area hospital where he died from his injuries.

The incident is under investigation and police said they have neither a suspect description nor a motive.

Police said anyone with information about the incident should call 410-396-2100.

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Witness takes back murder accusation in Shock Trauma worker's death, but testifies that men intimidated her

A day after dismissing double-murder charges against two men, Baltimore prosecutors asked a judge to convict them of intimidating the witness whose account had led to the dropped charges.

The witness, Marnae Lewis, testified that she erroneously identified Antwon Morton as one of the men who fatally shot her boyfriend, Christopher Camphor, and bystander Brandon Finney, a Maryland Shock Trauma technician, in September 2014 at a downtown bus stop. 

Morton's attorney Russell Neverdon found surveillance footage that showed Morton in a different part of town at the time of the incident, leading prosecutors on Thursday to drop charges against Morton and co-defendant Samuel Rogers. 

But Lewis remains adamant that Morton and Rogers were the men who came to her house hours after the shooting and made threats, and prosecutors are continuing to pursue witness intimidation charges that could send the men to prison for up to 20 years. Morton and Rogers elected Friday to have a bench trial, which is...

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Balto. Co. police: Parkville church youth group leader arrested in 'massive' child porn case

A youth group leader for the Chinese Christian Church of Baltimore in Parkville has been arrested in what Baltimore County police say is one of the most serious child pornography cases they have ever seen.

Gregory W. Gibson, 63, of Cockeysville was charged Friday with possession and distribution of child pornography. County police said they have seized computers and hard drives containing a "massive" amount of images — about 250,000 so far.

The images depict extremely young children, mostly girls, being sexually abused, police said.

Police said they don't have evidence that Gibson sexually abused the children or that he knows any of the children depicted in the pornography.

He was arrested Thursday at his home on the 10300 block of Malcolm Circle and is being held at the county detention center on $750,000 bail.

Police said that during interviews with detectives, Gibson admitted to downloading and sharing child pornography.

No attorney for Gibson is listed in online court records.


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