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Officer Goodson trial: Motions on Jan. 6, jury selection later

Officer Caesar R. Goodson is scheduled to be tried June 6. He was initially to be tried Jan. 11, but the proceedings were postponed by appeals.
Officer Caesar R. Goodson is scheduled to be tried June 6. He was initially to be tried Jan. 11, but the proceedings were postponed by appeals. (Handout / Baltimore Sun)

The second-degree murder trial of Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr. in the death of Freddie Gray will begin with pretrial motions Jan. 6, and jury selection will begin Jan. 11, Baltimore Circuit Court officials said Monday.

Gray, 25, suffered a broken neck and a severe spinal cord injury while in the back of a police transport van in April. His death sparked protests against police brutality, and his funeral was followed by rioting, looting and arson. Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby filed charges against Officer William G. Porter, Goodson and four other Baltimore police officers.

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Porter's trial ended in a mistrial this month after jurors were unable to reach a consensus on any of the four charges he faced in Gray's death, including involuntary manslaughter. A retrial for Porter has been scheduled for June 13.

Goodson, the driver of the van in which Gray was injured, was charged with second-degree murder — the most serious of all the charges against the officers.

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The state has listed Porter as a material witness in Goodson's trial, though it is unclear whether Porter will take the stand. With his own retrial pending, he could invoke his right not to take the stand to avoid incriminating himself.

Several motions have yet to be ruled on in the Goodson case by Judge Barry G. Williams, including about the admissibility of certain evidence. Many other motions have already been settled, including failed defense efforts to move the trial out of Baltimore.

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