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Defense rests in trial of Lt. Brian Rice in Freddie Gray case; closing arguments scheduled Thursday

Defense rests in trial of Lt. Brian Rice in Freddie Gray case; closing arguments scheduled Thursday

Closing arguments in the trial of Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray will be heard Thursday morning after the defense rested Tuesday on the fourth day of testimony. Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams said his ruling in the bench trial will come "sometime thereafter," but did not elaborate.

Rice, 42, is charged with involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. Williams dismissed a second-degree assault charge against Rice on Monday, and prosecutors had dropped a second misconduct charge at the start of proceedings Thursday.

Before the trial, some legal observers had questioned what additional evidence...

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