Freddie Gray Case Trials A day-by-day overview

Officer Edward Nero trial: Day 6 recap

What happened today?

» Closing arguments in the trial of Officer Edward Nero, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, concluded midday Thursday, with prosecutors and Nero's attorney outlining their cases in both broad and nuanced strokes.

» Both sides agreed in their closings that nothing about Gray's initial stop, prior to his being handcuffed and moved, was illegal. They also agreed that no assault was committed after Gray was searched.

» In doing so, prosecutors ceded any argument that the decision by Nero to pursue Gray after his supervisor, Lt. Brian Rice, called out a chase was wrong. They also, without stating it outright, were acknowledging that the knife found on Gray was illegal, therefore substantiating all of the touching of Gray after its discovery.

» With those acknowledgements in place, both sides agreed that the period of time in question for the assault charge was only a matter of minutes.

What's next? 

The verdict will be issued Monday morning at 10:30.

What is Officer Nero's case about?

Nero is not charged in Gray's death, but is accused of putting him into a dangerous situation. He is charged with second-degree assault and misconduct related to Gray's arrest, and reckless endangerment and a second count of misconduct stemming from the way Gray was loaded into the van.

The trial also involves allegations that Nero failed to care for Gray when he did not secure him with a seat belt in the back of the arrest van, where Gray ultimately suffered a fatal spine injury.

Gray had run from the officers in what they have described as a high-crime area. Gray, 25, suffered severe spinal cord injuries while in the back of the van, prosecutors say, and died a week later.

How can I follow the proceedings?

The Sun is hosting a live blog with updates throughout the proceedings. In Maryland, trials are not televised.

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