Judge Expected To Rule Today On Trial Schedules For the Baltimore Six

The six police officers are charged with various crimes in the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore, Maryland on April 19, 2015. Freddie died a week after he was injured while being transported in a police van to the jail.  An autopsy found that Freddie’s spine was 80 percent severed.

Judge Barry Williams will hold a scheduling conference this afternoon, September 29 2015, to determine when and in what order the officers, who face charges ranging from second-degree assault to second-degree “depraved-heart” murder, will be tried. The first trial is tentatively scheduled for Oct. 13, 2015.

Earlier this month, Judge Williams ruled that each officer will get his or her own trial. The state anticipates that they will need between three and five days to present their case against each officer, and intend to call at least one officer to testify against the others.

baltimore-officers-charged-montage-large-169Prosecutors plan to first place Officer William Porter on trial. Porter is charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, and reckless endangerment. The state intends to call Porter to testify against Sgt. Alicia White, who faces identical charges, and Officer Caesar Goodson, who faces an additional “depraved-heart” murder charge.

Garrett Miller and Edward Nero have been charged with misdemeanor assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Lt. Brian Rice has been charged with manslaughter.

One reason for not having one trial for all of the accused is because they gave investigators conflicting statements. Defense lawyers told the court that the conflicting statements could create problems in a joint trial because it would pit the defendants against each other, depriving them of the right to confront his or her accuser and deprive them of the right to not testify in their defense.

Some of the defendants allege that they thought they were giving statements as witnesses, rather than suspects.

The van’s driver, Officer Caesar Goodson, Jr., did not provide a statement to investigators. William Porter told police investigators that he warned Goodson Jr. that the city booking facility would not process Freddie because he was in medical distress. According to the Baltimore Sun, Porter told investigators that he wasn’t sure if Freddie was in distress, or trying to convince officers to take him to the hospital instead of jail.

The Baltimore Sun also reports that in the documents they examined, White gave a statement that when she asked Freddie what’s going on, that he didn’t say anything. Rather than think he was unable to talk because of his injury, or even unconscious, she assumed that he was being uncooperative. In her statement, White recalled Porter saying that Gray’s medical problem was “jail-itis” — a reference to not wanting to be confined. She said none of the officers informed her that Gray had asked for a medic.

Without the city nor the defendants admitting any wrongdoing, the city of Baltimore has agreed to pay $6.4 million to Gray’s family to settle civil claims.

 

 

Posted on 09/29/2015, in Cases, Cops Gone Wild, Freddy Gray and tagged , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 29 Comments.

  1. yahtzeebutterfly

    Xena, thank you for your very informative article.

    No question that the officers are responsible for Freddie’s death. Each had a part.

    The Gyalwang Drukpa, bottom center, the Buddhist leader of South Asia, prays in front of a mural depicting Freddie Gray alongside the Rev. Jamal Bryant during a walking tour with other faith and community leaders, Thursday in Baltimore. (Patrick Semansky/The Associated Press)

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  2. I just hope that the van’s driver, Officer Caesar Goodson, Jr.will be scheduled for the first trial.

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    • yahtzeebutterfly

      I would like to see them tried in the following order:

      Porter
      Goodson
      Rice
      Nero
      Miller
      White

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    • It was a wonderful surprise that charges were brought against these criminals. I always say: “be careful of the seeds you sow”…..
      Their seeds are now bearing fruit of their misdeeds. Unfortunately a man’s life was taken to expose them. At least they will not get the opportunity to repeat their actions.
      Great article, Xena!

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  3. Dear Lord, Let JUSTICE RING!!!

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  4. one line concerns me……some of them claimed they thought they were giving statements as witnesses not as suspects…..i “thought” either way they tell the SAME story in other words the TRUTH……..that claim tells me they do NOT tell the truth at all, they try to follow some narrative that somehow they all have been told to follow.

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  5. yahtzeebutterfly

    Michael D’Antuono ‏@ArtAndResponse
    “I will use my art/campaign to embolden the “good cops” to break thru the blue wall of silence at Freddie Gray trial.

    “I’ll unveil “It Stops With Cops” at #Politicon in LA Oct 9-10. Then #FreddieGray trial to pass out posters & shirts” :

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  6. scrodriguez

    “Some defendants allege they thought they were giving statements at witnesses and NOT suspects” in other words what this means is those defendants were so used to getting away with this that their blatant arrogance got the better of them this time…

    conflicting statements is a good thing for the prosecution because eventually its going to lead one throwing the other under the bus during trial. I see convictions here especially knowing that the driver of the van was told the jail would not likely take Freddie due to his medical condition this means one officer informed him and was aware that Freddie needed medical assistance the other officer who was driving who was told that basically made his own personal assessment and decided to take Freddie there rather than to a hospital hence the “Depraved heart”

    Mosbey will bring Justice to Freddie and to Baltimore.

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  7. yahtzeebutterfly

    “The first trial for six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray will be held Nov. 30, and the other trials are set for early next year.

    Judge Barry Williams decided Tuesday that Officer William Porter will go on trial first…

    Goodson will be tried Jan. 6 and White’s trial will begin Jan. 25.”

    http://abcnews.go.com/US/wireStory/baltimore-judge-schedule-trial-freddie-gray-case-34119236

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  8. yahtzeebutterfly

    The officers are scheduled to be tried on the following dates:

    Porter: Nov. 30, 2015

    Goodson: Jan. 6, 2016

    White: Jan. 25, 2016

    Miller: Feb. 9, 2016

    Nero: Feb. 22, 2016.

    Rice: March 9, 2016

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/which-officer-will-go-on-trial-first-in-the-freddie-gray-case/2015/09/28/93d89d6e-6603-11e5-9223-70cb36460919_story.html

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  9. The settlement screams ‘fix this system’. I’m happy for Freddie Gray’s family.

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  10. yahtzeebutterfly

    From Xena’s post above:

    ”Some of the defendants allege that they thought they were giving statements as witnesses, rather than suspects.”

    I think this might especially refer to Ofc. Miller’s and Ofc. Nero’s statements. Could it be that they were trying to lay the blame for Freddie’s fate completely on the van trip and not upon what they did BEFORE putting Freddie in the van? and what they did to Freddie when the van was stopped for Miller and Nero to put leg chains on Freddie?

    From a July 2015 article:

    In addition to asking for separate trials, the attorneys for Nero and Miller both requested that their clients’ statements made to investigators after Gray’s arrest be suppressed.

    Both argued their clients’ statement “was not a voluntary statement and was obtained illegally,” and that it was obtained in violation of the Law Enforcement Bill of Rights and his Miranda rights.

    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/freddie-gray/in-depth/bs-md-ci-miller-nero-20150710-story.html

    Now what I am thinking is that this has something to do with what Dep. Police Commissioner Jerry Rodriguez said early on in a news conference when providing a timeline of events that led to Freddie’s arrest:

    From WBALTV April 20, 2015 article entitled “6 Baltimore police officers suspended in Freddie Gray case” —>

    8:40:12 “Mr. Gray gave up without the use of force. An officer took his Taser out but never deployed the Taser,” Rodriguez said.

    See? These two bicycle officers were trying to say they did nothing to Freddie to cause Freddie harm. Yet, how in the world are they going to explain the witness video which clearly shows that Freddie was in medical distress as far as his legs when they took him and loaded him in the van??

    From April 23, 2015 article:

    Baltimore cops twisted Freddie Gray like “origami,” says the man who filmed the fatally wounded 25-year-old’s arrest.

    Witness Kevin Moore is speaking out on the confrontation between police officers and Gray, who died of a severed spinal cord.

    “They had him folded up like he was a crab or a piece of origami,” Moore told the Baltimore Sun. “He was all bent up, and the officer had his knee in his neck. He was just screaming, like screaming for life.”

    http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/baltimore-police-union-boss-protesters-act-lynch-mob-article-1.2196355

    Okay, back to the statement about Nero and Miller arresting Freddie WITHOUT force and WITHOUT “deploying” the taser. I think that NOW Miller wishes he could explain that engaging the taser after sending the prongs into Freddie was the cause of Freddie not being able to use his legs. But, it is way too late to go that route now after saying he did NOT deploy the taser.

    Moore’s witness video and his witness statement will be difficult for Nero and Miller to overcome.

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  11. yahtzeebutterfly

    deray mckesson ‏@deray 3h3 hours ago
    IMPORTANT READ: 4 officers’ statements can be used as evidence in #FreddieGray case
    http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/maryland/freddie-gray/bs-md-ci-gray-hearing-20151013-story.html

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