When the judge separated the Freddie Gray cases, his decision seemed legally sound, but also kind of mind-blowing. The prospect of six distinct trials related to the death of one man, with nearly back-to-back Gray testimony into next spring, guarantees a long, complex (and probably contradictory) narrative, and months of civic anxiety. But that’s the way the stars and the law have aligned, made clear by Williams’ setting of the calendar and the way the defendants stepped forward separately for the first time in public. They have distinct teams of attorneys. They are not charged with conspiracy. The big drama billed as the Freddie Gray Six has been broken into a series of one-act plays, a justice ring cycle, and a prolonged psychological challenge for all parties and the entire city.