A scheduling hearing is set for Tuesday in the trials of the six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, signaling a possible postponement of the first trial date.

Officer William G. Porter is tentatively set to be tried first, on Oct. 13. Prosecutors have said he is a "necessary and material witness" in their cases against Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. and Sgt. Alicia D. White, and therefore must be tried before them.

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But defense attorneys have asked for a delay, saying additional material has been turned over by prosecutors, causing "several significant discovery issues that will affect the respective defendants in different ways."

The parties met with Judge Barry Williams on Thursday in his chambers. The results of that meeting were not public, but Williams wrote in an earlier memo that the defendants "will be afforded an opportunity at a later time and date to place their concerns upon the record" and to argue for postponements.

That hearing is now set for Tuesday afternoon.

Gray, 25, suffered a severe spinal cord injury in the back of a police transport van in April and died a week later. His death sparked protests throughout the city, and his funeral was followed by an outbreak of rioting, looting and arson that forced the governor to call in the National Guard and the mayor to institute a curfew to restore order.

Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby subsequently charged the six officers involved in Gray's arrest with a range of crimes. Goodson, the van driver, is charged with second-degree depraved-heart murder. White, Lt. Brian W. Rice and Porter are charged with manslaughter. Officers Edward M. Nero and Garrett E. Miller face lesser charges, including second-degree assault. All six have been charged with misconduct in office. All have pleaded not guilty.

It is not uncommon for criminal cases in Baltimore to be postponed multiple times, in some cases more than a half-dozen times. Many murder cases, for example, coming up for trial in recent weeks stem from homicides in 2013 and early 2014.

The Gray case, however, was specially assigned to Williams early in the process, and Williams has expressed a desire to hold the trials expeditiously.

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