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Officer Goodson trial: Pre-trial motions recap

What happened today?

» Officer Caesar Goodson elected for a bench trial in his case, waving the option for a jury trial.

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» Judge Barry Williams denied defense motions to dismiss the case for violating Goodson's right to a speedy trial. He also rejected the claim that prosecutors had not fully outlined the alleged acts that constituted the crimes charged.

» Prosecutors won't be able to present key evidence that Gray allegedly told officers "I can't breathe" during his transport.

» Williams denied a separate but overlapping defense motion Monday to block portions of assistant medical examiner Carol Allan's autopsy of Gray that include statements by witnesses and others that Goodson argued he would not be able to challenge through cross examination.

» Monday's hearing lasted less than half an hour. A small group of protesters stood outside the courthouse with signs calling for justice for Gray.

What's next?

The bench trial begins Thursday at 9:30 a.m.

What is Officer Goodson's case about?

Goodson, 46, was the driver of the van used to transport Freddie Gray to the Western District headquarters last year. Goodson, who is free on $350,000 bail, drove the van on April 12 because he volunteered to work an overtime shift on an off day.

What are the charges?

Goodson faces the most serious charges of the six Baltimore police officers charged in Gray's arrest and death. They include depraved-heart murder — a second-degree felony charge that carries a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. He also faces three counts of manslaughter and charges of second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Goodson was scheduled to go on trial earlier this year, but the case was delayed. He's the third of six Baltimore officers to face a trial in the case of Gray's arrest and death.

How can I follow the proceedings?

The Sun is hosting a live blog with updates throughout the proceedings.

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