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Officer William G. Porter trial recap: Day 8

Defense attorneys for Baltimore Police Officer William Porter began presenting their case to jurors on Wednesday after Judge Barry G. Williams turned back their request to dismiss the charges against him.

-- Dr. Vincent Di Maio, a forensic pathologist, testified that Gray's death should have been ruled an accident, and says Gray was injured between the fifth and sixth stops of the police transport van that he was placed in following his arrest on April 12.

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-- Porter took the stand in his own defense, testifying that he never believed Gray was injured until finding him unconscious at the Western District police station.

-- As he told investigators in April, Porter said that he did not believe Gray was injured but had put in motion a plan to get him to the hospital. His attorney, Gary Proctor, asked if he was "sorry" that Gray had died. "Absolutely," Porter said, explaining that he and Gray had a "mutual respect."

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-- Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow asked Porter questions about why he didn't follow department procedures, and why he was adding new or inconsistent details to his original account of the incident. Schatzow also asked Porter whether there was a code of "no snitching" in the Police Department, which drew an angry response from Porter.

-- Officer Zachary Novak, who participated in loading Gray into the transport wagon and was with Porter when Gray was found unresponsive, testified about what he saw. Novak was granted immunity by the state but testified as a defense witness.

-- Novak explained rendering aid to Gray after he was found unconscious, an account that showed little involvement from Porter. He agreed with Porter, however, that few arrestees are seatbelted by officers after being loaded into arrest vans.

Trial continues Thursday morning.

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