Freddie Gray case: Prosecutors rest their case against Officer Porter

8 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Freddie Gray Case Trials.

BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the trial of a Baltimore police officer who is charged with manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who was injured in the back of a police transport van (all times local). After learning of the discovery violation, attorneys representing Officer William Porter asked Judge Barry Williams during a Monday bench conference to dismiss the case, grant a mistrial and exclude testimony from the state’s medical experts. Prosecutors have painted Williams as an indifferent officer who didn’t call for a medic despite Gray’s indication he needed help, and whose failure to buckle Gray into a seatbelt amounts to criminal negligence. Porter’s attorneys, who will begin calling their own witnesses to the stand in the coming days, have already begun to show their hand by trying to discredit the state’s witnesses and evidence. Carol Allan, the medical examiner who performed the autopsy on Freddie Gray, and ended with testimony from an emergency medical technician who found Gray unresponsive at the Western District police station.

They’ve also tried to poke holes in the connection between Gray’s injury and Porter’s role in the 45-minute van ride that included six stops and concluded with Gray unresponsive on the wagon floor. Prior to the seating of the 12-person jury last week, about 150 potential jurors had been screened for any business or personal connections to more than 200 potential witnesses and stakeholders in the case. D’antuono’s message: “It stops with cops.” He says he’s trying to persuade police officers not to let fellow officers get away with sometimes deadly violence against defenseless citizens. In questioning state’s witnesses, defense attorneys Gary Proctor and Joe Murtha focused Monday on the legitimacy of the autopsy findings that Gray probably suffered his spinal injury after getting up from the floor of the van where he was initially placed, with both his wrists and ankles shackled, and losing his balance. After the jury was excused Monday, Murtha moved for a mistrial, saying prosecutors had withheld evidence that Gray had told a police officer in March, a month before his fatal injury, “I hurt my back.

Allan also said that if the wagon driver, Goodson, had taken Gray to the hospital immediately after Porter had asked him to, she would not have ruled Gray’s death a homicide.

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