Prosecutors said in closing arguments Monday that Officer William G. Porter's failure to help Freddie Gray turned a police arrest van into a "casket on wheels," while Porter's defense attorneys said the state's case was based on theories and asks jurors to fill in the blanks.
Defense attorneys for Baltimore Police Officer William Porter will begin presenting their case to jurors on Wednesday after Judge Barry G. Williams turned back their request to have the charges against him dismissed.
Judge Barry Williams ticked off the names slowly, asking the 75 potential jurors before him Tuesday – the second day of jury selection in Officer William Porter's trial in the death of Freddie Gray – to stand if they had ever had a personal or business relationship with anyone mentioned.
The first trial of a Baltimore Police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray got off to what looked like a slow start with jury selection Monday, but analysts say the intense legal combat expected to mark the case has begun.
The first trial in the death of Freddie Gray began Monday with jury selection in the case against Officer William Porter, who is charged with involuntary manslaughter in the 25-year-old's April death in police custody.
Defense attorneys for Officer William Porter, the first Baltimore cop to be tried in the death of Freddie Gray, have asked the court to block prosecutors from discussing the circumstances surrounding Gray's initial arrest by other officers.
The judge in the case against six officers charged in Freddie Gray's arrest and death has banned prosecutors and the officers' defense attorneys from discussing the case with anyone outside of their own legal teams.
Prosecutors and defense attorneys will return to court next week to continue arguing over filings made in the cases of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, according to a judge's order.
An attempt by defense attorneys to move the trials of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray out of the city based on coverage of the case in The Baltimore Sun has been denied.
The six Baltimore police officers charged in Freddie Gray's arrest and death will be tried separately over the course of the next several months, starting with proceedings against Officer William G. Porter.
Fresh evidence submitted by prosecutors and requests for additional materials by defense attorneys in the cases against six officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray could postpone the officers' trials, the first of which is tentatively scheduled to begin next month.
In his decision to order separate trials for each of the six Baltimore police officers accused in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, legal analysts say Judge Barry Williams has shaped how prosecutors and defense attorneys alike will craft their strategies in months to come.
Activists who want the six Baltimore police officers indicted in Freddie Gray's arrest and death to be tried in the city by State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby's office plan to protest outside of the downtown Circuit Court building where hearings on the logistics of the case are scheduled to begin Wednesday.