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Defense asks court to dismiss most serious charge in next officer's trial in Freddie Gray case

Defense asks court to dismiss most serious charge in next officer's trial in Freddie Gray case

Attorneys for Baltimore Police Officer Edward M. Nero are asking a judge to throw out a second-degree assault charge against him in the arrest of Freddie Gray, alleging prosecutors have failed to outline actions that constitute the crime.

Short of dismissing the charge, Nero's attorneys have asked Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams to block prosecutors from mentioning key aspects of their theory, including an alleged lack of probable cause for pursuing and arresting Gray, during Nero's upcoming trial.

They also want to block prosecutors from using key evidence in the case, including citizen video of the...

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