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William Porter retrial set for June


A retrial for Officer William Porter, one of six police officers charged with the death of Freddie Gray, was officially set in closed attorney discussions Tuesday morning. The retrial date is now set for June 13, after the original case ended in a mistrial last week.

Officer Porter, who was meant to be the first of the six officers to be tried, will now have the last trial date, which is said to have some impact on the prosecution of the case. Because his case will now be heard last, according to the fifth amendment, Porter now has the right to refuse to testify in order to avoid self-incrimination.

“I don’t know how the state proves [police van driver] Officer Goodson was aware Freddie Gray needed a medic without Porter’s testimony,” says defense attorney and former Baltimore prosecutor Warren Alperstein.

Officer Porter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office. Judge Barry G. Williams declared Porter’s case a mistrial last week after jurors reported that they were unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the four charges.

The trial for Officer Caesar Goodson, Jr. is set to proceed as scheduled beginning on January 6. Officer Goodson faces charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, misconduct in office and lastly second-degree murder—the most serious charge against the implicated officers.

The Greyhound will continue to follow the Freddie Gray cases as they proceed.


           New York Post and The Washington Post contributed to this article.


Photo from Flickr Commons (Jimmy Emerson, DVM).

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William Porter retrial set for June