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    State of Maryland vs LT. Brian Rice - Bench Trial - July 5, 2016 *Not Guilty*

    LT. Brian Rice, 41, was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office. Bail $350,000 - Trial: July 5, 2016.

    On April 12, 2015, Freddie Carlos Gray, Jr., a 25-year-old man, was arrested by the Baltimore Police Department for possessing what the police alleged was an illegal switchblade knife. While being transported in a police van, Mr. Gray fell into a coma and was taken to hospital. Mr. Gray died on April 19, 2015; his death was listed as injuries to his spinal cord. On April 21, 2015, pending an investigation of the incident, six Baltimore police officers were suspended. Prosecutors stated that they had probable cause to file criminal charges against the six police officers who were believed to be involved in his death. The officer driving the van was charged with second-degree" depraved-heart" murder for his indifference to the considerable risk that Mr. Gray might be killed, and others were charged with crimes ranging from manslaughter to illegal arrest.








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    Prosecutors have little time to decide how to proceed with next trial in the death of Freddie Gray

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    With barely a break, prosecutors have to move on to the next case after the acquittal of Caesar Goodson.

    June 24, 2016

    After failing to secure a conviction in a third straight trial in the death of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] this week, prosecutors have just days to decide how to proceed with the trial of the next police officer.

    Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking of the six officers charged, is due to stand trial July 5. Prosecutors face a Monday deadline to make any final pretrial filings.

    After Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams acquitted Officer [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] of all charges Thursday, legal analysts say, prosecutors will be looking at whether they have any additional evidence or a new strategy that could help secure a conviction.

    Warren Alperstein, a defense attorney who has been following the cases, said prosecutors face a frantic few days.

    "Without a doubt, they have to be extremely disappointed and probably scrambling with their efforts to revive their cases," Alperstein said. Williams "just obliterated their case and their theories."

    Williams has ordered prosecutors and defense attorneys not to speak publicly about the cases.

    The failure of prosecutors to win convictions against Officers William Porter — whose trial ended in a hung jury — and Edward Nero and Goodson has cast doubt on their ability to get a different result against Rice next month. But the evidence prosecutors have against Rice is not fully known. And it's not clear whether his role as a supervisor could make his case different.

    Rice was one of three bike officers — along with Officers Garrett Miller and Nero — on patrol in the Western District on the morning of April 12, 2015. Police say Gray saw the officers and took off running. Rice initiated the chase.

    Rice helped load Gray into a police van after his arrest. The 25-year-old Gray suffered a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody and died a week later.

    A. Dwight Pettit, a defense attorney not involved in the case, said prosecutors will likely be analyzing Rice's role as a supervisor to see if there are new ways to argue that he committed a crime, even if the other officers did not.

    "He may have a little bit more culpability," Pettit said. "It's all I can think of."

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    Motions Filed In Rice Case
    Monday, June 27, 2016

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    Today marks a deadline for prosecutors in the next trial of an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    Lt. Brian Rice is due to go on trial a week from tomorrow on charges of manslaughter, second degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct.

    By the end of the day prosecutors must file any pre-trial motions they have, and any response to defense motions filed in the case.

    Rice, 42, was the officer who first spotted Freddie Gray and two other men on the morning of April 12, of last year and started chasing Gray.

    Rice also helped load Gray back into the van at its second stop.

    The defense is trying to throw out any argument of the legality of the knife Gray was carrying.

    Prosecutors maintain the knife Gray was carrying was legal, therefore the arrest of Gray was illegal.

    The defense is also seeking to dismiss the reckless endangerment charge noting it does not apply to police vehicles.

    It is not known if Rice, like Officers Caesar Goodson and Edward Nero will ask for a bench trial rather than a jury trial.

    That issue is expected to be resolved in court next week.

    Goodson was acquitted of all charges last week by Judge Barry Williams, while Nero was acquitted last month.

    Rice's attorneys have added attorney Michael Davey to a team that includes Chaz Ball, Michael Belsky and Marc Zayon, who also was on Officer Nero's defense team.

    Officer Garrett Miller is expected to testify for the state at Rice's trial. He testified at Nero's trial last month that he was the one who put flex cuffs and leg shackles on Gray at the Van's seocnd stop, and Rice and Nero then loaded Gray back into the van.

    Miller faces his own trial on July 27

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    Proceedings To Begin For 4th Baltimore Officer Charged In Freddie Gray's Death

    July 5, 20163:31 AM ET

    Pre-trial motions are to begin Tuesday morning in the trial of Lt. Brian Rice, who's charged with manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in last year's death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

    Gray died a week after being taken into custody, suffering a spine injury in a police van while he was handcuffed and shackled but not restrained by a seat belt.


    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]reports:

    "Rice is the officer who initiated the pursuit of Gray when he and two others were walking in west Baltimore on April 12, 2015. According to testimony in previous trials, Gray ran off after Rice made eye contact with him.


    "Officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero responded to the call. A short time later, Miller arrested Gray and he, along with Rice and Nero, loaded Gray into the van.


    "Officer Caesar Goodson drove off with Gray, but stopped the van a few blocks later. At that time, Rice, Nero and Miller took Gray out of the van, placed him in leg shackles and placed him face-down on the floor of the vehicle."

    The most serious charge against Rice stems from failing to secure Gray with a seat belt.

    Two other officers in the case, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], have been acquitted.

    The proceeding against a third officer, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] was declared a mistrial and he is scheduled to be retried.

    Rice is expected to request a bench trial, and Circuit Judge Barry C. Williams would hear the case. He is the judge who acquitted Goodson and Nero.

    Rice, the highest-ranking officer charged in the case, was on bike patrol at the housing complex where Grey attempted to flee police.

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    Motion Hearing starts @ 9:30AM Today

    Derek J. Hawkins ‏@D_Hawk

    Back in Baltimore for trial of highest-ranking officer in #FreddieGray case. He faces manslaughter, other charges


    Ron Snyder  ‏@SnyderWBALTV

    Rice defense seeking dismissal based on defective prosecution [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] #RiceTrial #FreddieGray



    Omar Jimenez ‏@OmarJimenezWBAL

    Hearing for pre-trial motions in the 4th officer trial of the #FreddieGray case set to begin at 9:30. #WBAL




    WJZ | CBS Baltimore  ‏@cbsbaltimore

    Motions hearing today ahead of 4th #Baltimore police officer’s trial on charges stemming from #FreddieGray's death.



    ABC2NEWS  ‏@ABC2NEWS

    Pre-trial motions begin Tuesday for Lt. Brian Rice, the 4th officer to stand trial in the #FreddieGray case
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    Pre-Trial Motions Hearing For Rice Today; Rally Planned To Support Mosby
    Tuesday, July 5, 2016

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    11:05 a.m.

    Judge Barry Williams has ordered prosecutors they cannot use 4,000 pages of training documents related to Lt. Brian Rice’s in-service training that occurred while he was a police officer.

    The judge said prosecutors violated discovery rules by not turning those documents over to the defense in advance of trial

    In a hearing this morning, Assistant State’s Attorney Michael Schatzow told the judge that prosecutors requested the documents from the police department late last year, but they did not receive the documents until Tuesday of last week, and only then did they turn over the documents to the defense.

    Judge Williams rejected a request from defense attorney Michael Belsky to dismiss the charges, but he did say prosecutors should have asked police supervisors to send the documents sooner, or asked the court to issue a subpoena.

    Schatzow said prosecutors did not want to seek a subpoena.

    The judge also denied most defense motions today, including one to dismiss all charges citing defects in the prosecution.

    Rice waived his right to a jury trial, and opted instead to have Judge Williams decide the case.

    The judge recessed proceedings until Thursday morning, when the trial is scheduled to begin.




    10:05 a.m.

    Lt. Brian Rice is opting for a bench trial rather than a jury trial.

    He follows the lead of Officer Caesar Goodson and Edward Nero.

    Both were acquitted at their bench trials.

    Judge Barry Williams has also denied most of the defense motions in this case, including the main motion dismissing all charges because of defects in the prosecution, and a separate motion to dismiss the separate reckless endangerment charge.

    The defense had argued that the reckless endangerment law did not apply to police vehicles.

    The motions hearing continues right now.


    7:30 a.m.

    Pre-trial motions for Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice will be heard this morning, with Rice's trial scheduled to begin on Wednesday.

    Rice faces manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office in the death of Freddie Gray.


    Rice's trial begins two weeks after Judge Barry Williams acquitted Officer Caesar Goodson on charges related to Gray's death, and about two months after Williams acquitted Officer Edward Nero.

    Rice was the bike patrol officer who spotted Gray and two other officers in April of last year, and began chasing Gray, after Gray ran away.

    Rice was one of two officers who loaded Freddie Gray back into the van, after the van's second stop at Mount and Baker Streets. In testimony in other trials, Rice was actually inside the police van, putting Gray on the van floor.

    Rice is one of five officers suing Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby and Baltimore City Sheriff Major Sam Cogen for wrongful arrest and prosecution.

    Last week, Rice, and the three other officers awaiting trial, filed a motion to dismiss all of the charges citing a "defect" in prosecution.

    In an affidavit unsealed in Rice's federal lawsuit, Cogen claims he was not part of the investigation that led to the charges filed against the officers.

    The Baltimore City State's Attorney's Office had claimed Cogen led independent investigation for their office, but Cogen in his affidavit said he only signed off on the investigation completed by the state’s attorney's office. Cogen also admitted to signing the arrest warrants for the six officers charged

    Court begins at 9:30 this morning
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    BREAKING: #RiceTrial, Lt. Brian Rice opts for a bench trial not a jury trial. Following lead of Ofc. Nero and Goodson

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    Mike Hellgren ‏@HellgrenWJZ

    Judge to prosecutors: The reality is your office didn't do what you're supposed to do #RiceTrial #FreddieGray @cbsbaltimore




    Jesse Stark ‏ ˇ 5 minutes ago

    Brian Rice trial in #FreddieGray case: With 2 acquittals and a mistrial, a 4th officer stands trial - [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] - @washtimes



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    Outcome of officers' trials could affect prosecutor Marilyn Mosby's political career [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]



    Ron Snyder ‏@SnyderWBALTV ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial prosecutor Michael Schatzow said state turned over docs as soon as they obtained them. #FreddieGray

    Candace Smith ‏@candacesmith

    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: State has contended officers in #FreddieGray case had knowledge training and experience to know conduct was …



    Mike Hellgren ‏@HellgrenWJZ

    Judge says he can't dismiss for discovery violations #RiceTrial #FreddieGray @cbsbaltimore



    Juliet Linderman
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    Lt. Brian Rice opts for judge trial. He's the 3rd officer charged in the death of #FreddieGray to waive jury. The other 2 were acquitted.


    Ron Snyder ‏@SnyderWBALTV ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    Heading back into #RiceTrial hearings following brief recess. #FreddieGray


    Omar Jimenez ‏@OmarJimenezWBAL ˇ 5m5 minutes ago


    Lt. #BrianRice now opts for a bench trial. 3rd officer in #FreddieGray case to do so. Previous 2 acquitted.


    micki ‏@orlandomicki ˇ 7m7 minutes ago

    Disbarment Charges Filed Against Prosecutor in #FreddieGray Case
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    I'm glad the judge threw out the training documents. I am soooo tired of the prosecution pulling shenanigans

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    Quote Originally Posted by sunny47 View Post
    Mike Hellgren ‏@HellgrenWJZ



    micki ‏@orlandomicki ˇ 7m7 minutes ago

    Disbarment Charges Filed Against Prosecutor in #FreddieGray Case
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    Wowser! hope something comes from all this

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    Rice Manslaughter Trial Gets Underway Today
    Thursday, July 7, 2016

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    11:25 a.m.

    Testimony is now underway at the trial of Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking city police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    Before opening statements were delivered this morning, Assistant State's Attorney Michael Schatzow told Judge Barry Williams the state is dropping one of the two misconduct charges against Rice.

    Schatzow offered no explanation, but court spokeswoman Terri Charles told WBAL NewsRadio 1090 that the charge was related to allegations that Gray's arrest was illegal.

    Rice still faces four other charges, including a separate misconduct in office charge related to Rice's alleged failure to put Gray in a seat belt when loading him into a police van. Prosecutors say that failure led to Gray's injuries and death.

    Rice is also charged with manslaughter, second degree assault and reckless endangerment. In his 15-minute opening statement, Schatzow said that Freddie Gray did not make any eye contact with Rice before Rice began chasing him on the morning of April 12 of last year.

    Schatzow says Rice's "decisions made as a superior officer" is why Gray died. In his opening statement, defense attorney Chazz Ball said that the case against Rice centers on the 9-seconds Rice was in the police van loading Gray and not putting a seat belt on him.

    Ball said Rice had to consider a growing crowd, Gray's combative nature, and the confined space in the van, before deciding not to seat belt Gray.

    Ball argued Rice's actions "were reasonable."

    The state is presenting its first witness, Dr. Carol Allan, the assistant medical examiner, who performed the autopsy on Gray. She testified Gray's manner of death was homicide, and she said Gray would be able to talk and breathe after his initial neck injury.


    9:50 a.m.

    Prosecutors have decided to drop one of the five charges against Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    Before presenting opening statements Assistant State's Attorney Michael Schatzow said the state would "nolo prosecute" the third count of the five count indictment against Rice.

    That means prosecutors are dropping one of the two misconduct charges against Rice.

    Schatzow did not offer an explanation for the decision, and because of Judge Barry Williams gag order, cannot comment on the case outside of the courtroom.

    Schatzow then began his opening statement.

    Rice still faces four charges, manslaughter, second degree assault, one count of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

    Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is in the courtroom watching the proceedings.






    5:30 a.m.

    The manslaughter trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice gets underway today.

    Rice, 42, is the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, who died in April of last year, one week after suffering injuries in a police transport van.

    Rice is a bike patrol officer, who was the first officer to spot Freddie Gray and two other men, and who began to chase Gray after Gray attempted to run away.

    Rice also pulled Gray back into the police van at its second stop at Mount and Baker Street, after two other officers put flex cuffs and leg shackles on Gray.

    Rice is also charged with second degree assault, reckless endangerment, and two counts of misconduct in office.

    Like the trials of Officer Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson, Rice has waived his right to a jury trial and has opted to have Judge Barry Williams to decide the case.

    It should take both sides about a week to present their case. Judge Williams is likely to rule on the case as early as July 18.

    Like Nero's trial in May, this trial will focus on the police chase and arrest of Gray.

    Prosecutors will argue the arrest was illegal, and therefore any physical contact Rice had with Gray amounts to a crime.

    At Nero's trial, Judge Barry Williams did not rule on the legality of the arrest, only that Nero was not the arresting officer.

    The prosecution will also argue the knife Gray was carrying was legal, and that made Gray's arrest illegal.

    Prosecutors will also argue that Rice's failure to get medical attention for Gray, and put Gray in a seat belt in the van contributed to his injuries and death.

    Prosecutors will argue that Rice was properly trained to seat belt a prisoner, and in proper arrests procedures, and his conduct violated police policy.

    However, prosecutors are barred from presenting 4,000 pages in evidence related to Rice's training. On Tuesday,

    The defense will likely cite a 2000 U.S. Supreme Court ruling where the Court ruled chases and arrests similar to Gray's were constitutional.

    Like Nero's trial, the prosecution is expected to present testimony from another accused police officer, Garrett Miller, who is scheduled to go on trial later this month.

    Miller is being offered limited immunity in exchange for his testimony. Judge Williams has ordered Miller to testify.

    During Nero's trial, Miller testified that it was Rice, who initially spotted and chased Gray, and alerted him and Nero to help, though Miller testified that Rice never told him why Gray was being chased.

    Another accused officer, William Porter, has also been ordered by the Maryland Court of Appeals to testify for the prosecution at Rice's trial, though it is not clear if he will be called. Porter did not testify at Nero's trial, but he did testify for the prosecution at Goodson's trail alst month.

    Opening statements from both the prosecution and defense will take place this morning, then prosecutors are expected to begin presenting their case.

    Court resumes at 9:30 a.m.
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    Rice Manslaughter Trial in Freddie Gray case~~Day 1, 7/7/2016

    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Court now in a 5 minute recess. Opening statements done. Missed Schatzow's because I was on air with news of charge dropped



    Justin Fenton  ‏@justin_fenton

    State presented no new factual allegations in openings for #RiceTrial, but argue Rice as a supervisor cant argue ignorance of dept rules



    Justin Fenton ‏@justin_fenton

    Based on state's opening argument, the dropped misconduct charge indicates they are abandoning the false arrest accusation #RiceTrial



    Justin Fenton ‏@justin_fenton

    Right off the bat at #RiceTrial, prosecutors drop count 3 - one of the misconduct in office charges


    Mike Schuh WJZ‏@MikeWJZ  Baltimore, MD

    State drops one of the 4 charges against Lt. Brian Rice. #RiceTrial @cbsbaltimore #freddiegray




    Jeff Abell
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    Prosecutors dismiss one of two misconduct in office charges against Lt Brian Rice.



    Steve Adams ‏@wbalphotog

    Brian Rice arrives for the first day of his trial in the death of #FreddieGray . @wbaltv11 #RiceTrial




    Wendy Spickerman ‏@wspickerman

    Rice is the highest ranked officer on trial for the death of Freddie Gray, #Baltimore #RiceTrial


    Candace Smith ‏@candacesmith191

    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: Opening statements set for 930am in trial of Lt. Brian Rice #RiceTrial #FreddieGray…


    Ron Snyder ‏@SnyderWBALTV

    Prosecutors have yet to get a conviction in #FreddieGray case. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]




    Ron Snyder ‏@SnyderWBALTV

    Rice is the fourth of six officers in the #FreddieGray case to go on trial. #RiceTrial [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    Prosecutor Drops One Charge Against Rice
    Thursday, July 7, 2016

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    9:50 a.m.

    Prosecutors have decided to drop one of the five charges against Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    Before presenting opening statements Assistant State's Attorney Michael Schatzow said the state would "nolo prosecute" the third count of the five count indictment against Rice.

    That means prosecutors are dropping one of the two misconduct charges against Rice.

    Schatzow did not offer an explanation for the decision, and because of Judge Barry Williams gag order, cannot comment on the case outside of the courtroom.

    Schatzow then began his opening statement.

    Rice still faces four charges, manslaughter, second degree assault, one count of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

    Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is in the courtroom watching the proceedings.

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    Rice Manslaughter Trial in Freddie Gray case~~Day 1, 7/7/2016



    Ryan McDermott ‏@rmpmcdermott ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    Defense says Rice made decision to not belt #FreddieGray bc of crowd, Gray combativeness and tight space. Said it was dangerous. #RiceTrial

    Mike Schuh WJZ Verified account  ‏@MikeWJZ ˇ 3m3 minutes ago  Baltimore, MD

    #RiceTrial S.A.: "Lt. Rice stepped over a shackled, cuffed #FreddieGray on the floor of the van & did not seatbelt him."

    Mike Hellgren Verified account  ‏@HellgrenWJZ ˇ 5m5 minutes ago

    Prosecutors say seatbelt order was sent to Rice's police-provided computer & he responded to email on same chain @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial

    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews ˇ 5m5 minutes ago

    Schatzow says Rice did not do anything to ensure gray's safety and didn't command anyone seat belt Gray as shift commander . #RiceTrial

    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 6m6 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial Def. Atty. Ball says police in this situion consider crowd, combativeness of suspect, confines of space (the van)

    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews ˇ 6m6 minutes ago

    The state says Rice had access to the email updating the seat belt policy (Order 1114) and that Rice "dragged" Gray into wagon #RiceTrial
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    Rice Manslaughter Trial in Freddie Gray case~~Day 1, 7/7/2016
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    Who's telling the truth about whether Allan thought Gray's death could be accidental? Det Taylor or Dr Allan? @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial




    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: #RiceTrial defense said Rice spent much of time dealing with crowd control and pointed out Miller made physi…



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Did see Dr. Carol Allan asst. med examiner in hallway. She may take the stand next. Heading back to courtroom

    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Dr. Allan on stand


    Mike Hellgren ‏@HellgrenWJZ

    Ball says Rice #FreddieGray was making a scene for the crowd; Rice put himself in "danger" in tight space in van @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial

    Mike Hellgren  ‏@HellgrenWJZ

    Ball says Rice spotted #FreddieGray just 9 mins into bike patrol on North Av when Gray ran @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial
    Ron Snyder Verified account  ‏@SnyderWBALTV

    #RiceTrial defense: Rice weighed 3 Cs in decisions. Crowd issues, combativeness of #FreddieGray and confined space of police van

    Ron Snyder  ‏@SnyderWBALTV

    #RiceTrial defense: Rice weighed 3 Cs in decisions. Crowd issues, combativeness of #FreddieGray and confined space of police van

    Mike Schuh WJZ ‏@MikeWJZ ˇ  Baltimore, MD

    2-views of Lt. #RiceTrial Prosecution: #FreddieGray "offered no threat of danger", Defense: "FG belligerent, & non-compliant" @cbsbaltimore

    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews

    Ball says we'll spend the next 5 to 6 days asking if "a 9 sec. assessment rises to a level of criminal negligence." #RiceTrial

    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Def. Atty. Ball Gray "most combattive" at van stop two that is why Rice had to go into van to load
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    Continued Trial Tweets>>>Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice in Freddie Gray trial


    Wendy Spickerman ‏@wspickerman ˇ 1m1 minute ago

    Allan testifies she did not discuss manner of death with police. #RiceTrial



    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews ˇ 5m5 minutes ago

    Cross-examination of Dr. Allan has begun. Currently in a bench conference. #RiceTrial

    Justin Fenton‏@justin_fenton

    Allan says Gray could not have caused his own injuries, due to the extreme amount of force required. #RiceTrial



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Allan says there are two failures when it comes to Gray that contributed to death, failure to seat belt & failure to get med help




    Mike Schuh WJZ ‏@MikeWJZ  Baltimore, MD

    #RiceTrial on the stand- Dr.Allen(coroner): "I did not think this was an accident, it fell into our definition of a homicide" @cbsbaltimore




    Justin Fenton ‏@justin_fenton

    Dr Allan, who performed autopsy, is 1st witness, reaffirms that she knew quickly Gray's death was a homicide & not an accident #RiceTrial


    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial Allan says there are two failures when it comes to Gray that contributed to death, failure to seat belt & failure to get med help




    Justin Fenton @justin_fenton

    At last trial a detective claimed Allan said death was accident; state asks Allan if she discussed manner of death w police, she says no




    Ron Snyder ‏@SnyderWBALTV

    Heading back into court of #RiceTrial after brief recess #FreddieGray



    Mike Hellgren ‏@HellgrenWJZ

    Dr Allan says it's possible #FreddieGray could have had "some muscle function" after injury @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial

    Ron Snyder ‏@SnyderWBALTV

    Dr. Allan reiterated in #RiceTrial that after examining #FreddieGray and speaking w/investigators she believed Gray's death was a homicide




    Ron Snyder@SnyderWBALTV

    Dr. Allan reiterated in #RiceTrial that after examining #FreddieGray and speaking w/investigators she believed Gray's death was a homicide

    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 5m5 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial The one misconduct charge that remains is relate to Rice's alleged failure to put #FreddieGray in seat belt
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    UPDATE>>>Prosecutors Start Case Against Brian Rice By Establishing Police Standards; Court Adjourns For Day
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    4:35 p.m.

    Court has wrapped up for the day at the manslaughter trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    The last witness of the day was Rick Opitz, the city purchasing agent who ordered van used to transfer Freddie Gray.

    It was the van with seat belts that prosecutors say Rice failed to use on Freddie Gray and that contributed to his injuries and death.

    Much of this testimony trying to prove the state’s case that Rice failed in his duty by not putting Gray in a seat belt.


    The third witness of the day was Baltimore City Police IT Director Andrew Jaffee, who testified that Rice was sent the seat belt policy, but he could not confirm if Rice read it.

    There was some disagreement between Jaffee and prosecutors over whether a computer Rice would access was being repaired at the time the seat belt policy was released.

    Jaffee said he could not recall if that computer was under repair.

    Earlier today, the state dropped one of the five charges against Lt Rice, it was one of the two misconduct in office charge.

    That one related to allegations Rice made an illegal arrest. In any of the previous cases Judge Barry Williams did not rule on that issue.

    It’s not known if the state will bring up the issue.

    Court will resume at 9:30 tomorrow.

    3:35 p.m.

    Prosecutors have presented two witnesses at the manslaughter trial of Lt. Brian Rice.

    He is the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    After the lunch break, there was testimony from Baltimore Police Capt. Martin Bartness, chief of staff to Commissioner Kevin Davis.

    He headed the standards division of the police department and testified that it was Rice’s responsibility as a commander to distribute the policy requiring prisoners to be put in seat belts in vans, but under cross examination he has no confirmation that Rice did that or was even aware of the policy.

    Earlier today, the first witness to testify was Dr. Carol Allan, the assistant medical examiner who conducted Freddie Gray's autopsy.

    At the start of the day, prosecutors dropped one of the two misconduct charges against Rice. According to the indictment, it was the charge related to the initial arrest of Gray, which prosecutors argued was illegal.


    12:55 p.m.

    The state’s first witness has wrapped up testimony at the manslaughter trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice., the highest ranking of the six officers charged in the April, 2015, death of Freddie Gray.

    Dr. Carol Allan, the Assistant Medical Examiner who performed the autopsy on Freddie Gray was on the stand for about two hours.

    As she did at previous trials, she testified Gray suffered his fatal injury between the van’s second and fourth stops, and Gray would have been able to talk and breathe for a while after suffering that injuries.

    She also said it was her opinion Gray's manner of death was homicide.

    In her cross examination, which was at times contentious, Allan told defense attorney Michael Belsky that just because Gray’s manner of death was a homicide, it doesn’t mean that Rice or any other accused officer committed a homicide.

    Earlier today, prosecutors without explanation dropped one of the two misconduct charges against Rice, related to the legality of Gray’s arrest.

    Rice still faces four other charges.

    Court will resume at 2 p.m., after a lunch break.


    11:25 a.m.

    Testimony is now underway at the trial of Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking city police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    Before opening statements were delivered this morning, Assistant State's Attorney Michael Schatzow told Judge Barry Williams the state is dropping one of the two misconduct charges against Rice.

    Schatzow offered no explanation, but court spokeswoman Terri Charles told WBAL NewsRadio 1090 that the charge was related to allegations that Gray's arrest was illegal.

    Rice still faces four other charges, including a separate misconduct in office charge related to Rice's alleged failure to put Gray in a seat belt when loading him into a police van. Prosecutors say that failure led to Gray's injuries and death.

    Rice is also charged with manslaughter, second degree assault and reckless endangerment. In his 15-minute opening statement, Schatzow said that Freddie Gray did not make any eye contact with Rice before Rice began chasing him on the morning of April 12 of last year.

    Schatzow says Rice's "decisions made as a superior officer" is why Gray died. In his opening statement, defense attorney Chazz Ball said that the case against Rice centers on the 9-seconds Rice was in the police van loading Gray and not putting a seat belt on him.

    Ball said Rice had to consider a growing crowd, Gray's combative nature, and the confined space in the van, before deciding not to seat belt Gray.

    Ball argued Rice's actions "were reasonable."

    The state is presenting its first witness, Dr. Carol Allan, the assistant medical examiner, who performed the autopsy on Gray. She testified Gray's manner of death was homicide, and she said Gray would be able to talk and breathe after his initial neck injury.
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    Continued Trial Tweets>>>Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice in Freddie Gray trial

    Court has wrapped up for the day at the manslaughter trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.


    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews

    Prosecution has moved on to Rick Opitz, city purchasing agent who purchased the van's; state's fourth witness. #RiceTrial


    Teresa Ganim ‏@henleyurban

    Lt. Rice case prosecution loses again because they have no proof Rice read the new seat belt policy #FreddieGray

    Mike Schuh WJZ ‏@MikeWJZ Baltimore, MD

    State drops one of the 4 charges against Lt. Brian Rice. #RiceTrial @cbsbaltimore #freddiegray


    Mike Schuh WJZ ‏@MikeWJZ  Baltimore, MD

    State drops one of the 4 charges against Lt. Brian Rice. #RiceTrial @cbsbaltimore #freddiegray


    Teresa Ganim ‏@henleyurban

    Lt. Rice case prosecution loses again because they have no proof Rice read the new seat belt policy #FreddieGray


    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews ˇ 1m1 minute ago

    #RiceTrial is on lunch break until 2 p.m.; Dr. Allan has finished testifying. #Baltimore


    Charles Robinson ‏@C3Newsman

    In the #FreddieGray case of #RiceTrial the prosecution has drop 1 misdemeanor chg Med Ex on stand #mptnews


    Wendy Spickerman ‏@wspickerman ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    Allan testifies she did not discuss manner of death with police.

    #RiceTrial

    Justin Fenton  ‏@justin_fenton

    Allan says Gray could not have caused his own injuries, due to the extreme amount of force required. #RiceTrial
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    Freddie Gray case: State drops a charge against officer

    By Laura Ly, CNN-Updated 11:16 PM ET, Thu July 7, 2016

    (CNN)Prosecutors dropped one misconduct in office charge against Baltimore police officer Lt. Brian Rice as his trial began Thursday. Rice is one of six officers charged in relation to the death of 25-year-old [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    Prosecutors dropped the misconduct charge, for allegedly failing to arrest without probable cause, after acknowledging that Rice was not directly involved in Gray's arrest.

    Rice, who was the highest ranked officer charged, still faces charges of involuntary manslaughter, second degree reckless assault, reckless endangerment and a remaining misconduct in office charge for failing to secure Gray with a seat belt inside a police vehicle.

    Prosecutors said during their opening statements that Rice's status as a supervisor meant he held culpability for Gray's death.

    "He was in charge," said Chief Deputy State's Attorney Michael Schatzow. "Because of the decisions that Lt. Rice made, Freddie Gray is dead."

    Rice was one of the three bicycle officers who encountered Gray on April 12, 2015. Shortly thereafter, Gray suffered a fatal spinal cord injury while in police custody.

    The state says Rice's decision-making and authority over other officers present contributed to Gray fatal injury.

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    Day 2 Of Rice Trial
    Friday, July 8, 2016

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    12:10 p.m.

    The prosecution maintains because of his rank, Lt. Brian Rice has added responsibility to protect Freddie Gray on the day he was arrested.

    The latest witness to testify at Rice's manslaughter trial presented evidence of that.

    Internal Affairs Detective Michael Boyd showed the court a log that lists Rice as the shift commander of the Western District on April 12, 2015.

    Boyd also described the audio of radio calls from the day of Gray's arrest from the time when Rice spotted Gray and requested help, all the way to the van's arrival at the Western District, where Rice is heard telling dispatchers that Gray needs a medic.

    Boyd is also showing all of the closed circuit video from April 12, where Rice is seen chasing Gray, and later loading him into a police van at the van's second stop at Mount and Baker Street.

    The next witness is expected to be Gray's friend Brandon Ross, who took the video of Gray begin loaded into the van by Rice at the van's second stop. Ross was with Gray and another man when Rice spotted Gray running away.

    Ross is incarcerated in Baltimore City awaiting charges related to a stabbing in April.

    Ross was expected to testify this morning, but he had not been brought to court by sheriff's deputies, and so Boyd was called to the stand.




    11:20 a.m.

    A neurosurgeon from Illinois is the first witness of the day at the manslaughter trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    Dr. Morris Marc Sorriano is a paid expert witness who testified for the prosecution at the trials of Officers William Porter, Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson.

    Sorriano maintains that Freddie Gray suffered "incomplete spinal cord" injury where he could still move his head and talk.

    He testified that Gray's injuries occurred between the second van stop at Mount and Baker Street, where Rice loaded Gray into the van but didn't put him in a seat belt, and the van's fourth stop at Druid Hill and Dolphin Avenues. That's where Goodson checked on Gray, and asked him if he needed to go to the hospital.

    Sorriano testified that due to the nature of his injury, Gray could still move his head and talk by the time the van reached the fourth stop. He did say that Gray's breathing at the stop would be labored.

    During 30 minutes of proceedings this morning, the defense objected to questioning numerous times, including questions on Gray's conduct at the fourth stop.

    After that question was asked, the defense objected, and Judge Barry Williams ordered all lawyers to his bench for a private conference. He then ordered a brief recess in the proceedings.

    After the recess Sorriano completed his testimony.

    Sorriano said that he believed the injuries occurred by the van's fourth stop, because of his labored breathing.

    Under a brief cross examination, Sorriano conceded that all of the x-rays taken of Gray that he cited in his testimony were taken after the van's final stop, when Gray was put into an ambulance.

    Sorriano was asked if there any visible signs of Gray;'s injuries at the van's fourth stop, and the doctor could neither confirm or deny that.

    Judge Williams then recessed the proceedings pending the availability of the state's next witness.

    The next witness was expected to be Gray's friend Brandon Ross, who took the video of Gray begin loaded into the van by Rice at the van's second stop. Ross was with Gray and another man when Rice spotted Gray running away.

    Ross is incarcerated in Baltimore City awaiting charges related to a stabbing in April.

    By 11:10 a.m., Ross hadn't arrived in court, and so the next witness to take the stand is Baltimore City Police Detective Michael Boyd.

    9:25 a.m.

    Lt. Brian Rice has arrived back in Courthouse East for the second day of his manslaughter trial.

    While security has been increased around Courthouse East during all of the Freddie Gray related trials, there is no signs of any enhanced security following the deadly police shootings in Dallas.

    There are two protesters holding signs outside of the courthouse.

    A larger protest is planned for later today at McKeldin Square in the wake of this week's deadly police involved shootings in Louisiana and Minnesota.





    5:30 a.m.

    It is day two of the manslaughter trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    Prosecutors presented four witnesses on Thursday.

    All of these witnesses had testified at the trials of the other officers, but cross examination brought new information from this witnesses.

    For example, when Assistant Medical Examiner Dr. Carol Allan testified under cross examination that even though the manner of Gray’s death was homicide, it doesn’t mean Rice committed a homicide.

    Another witness testifying Thursday was Baltimore City Police IT director Andrew Jaffee, who testified that Rice was sent the seat belt policy, but he could not confirm if Rice read it.

    Unlike previous trials, there some disagreement between Jaffee and prosecutors over whether a computer Rice would access was being repaired at the time the seat belt policy was released. Jaffee said he could not recall if that computer was under repair.

    Today more prosecution witnesses are expected, including the possibility of another accused Officer, Garrett Miller who is ordered to testify for the state with limited immunity. Miller faces his own trial later this month.

    Prosecutors could wrap up their case late today, though the case is more likely to continue into Monday.

    Rice now faces four charges not five, as before opening statements prosecutors dropped one of the two misconduct in Office Charges Rice was facing.

    The charge was related to an alleged illegal arrest of Freddie Gray.

    It’s not clear if the state has abandoned that theory.

    Judge Barry Williams did not rule on that in May at the trial of another officer who arrested Gray, Officer Edward Nero.

    Rice faces one misconduct charge, along with manslaughter, second degree assault and reckless endangerment.
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    Day Two of the Manslaughter Trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice





    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews ˇ 1m1 minute ago

    Court is in recess until "advised of the availability of the witness." #RiceTrial


    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    Because of gag order Maj. Franklin can't talk about #RiceTrial He testified at #GoodsonTrial


    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial Defense objected, then there was a bench conference then break.


    Mike Hellgren‏@HellgrenWJZ

    He compared the spinal cord to piece of licorice that had been bent, but went back in place w crease @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial #FreddieGray


    Mike Hellgren ‏@HellgrenWJZ

    Dr Soriano says the artery supplying blood to #FreddieGray's brain was torn @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial




    Mike Hellgren ‏@HellgrenWJZ

    First witness for Day 2: Dr Morris Marc Soriano who had a testy exchange with the judge in the last trial @cbsbaltimore #RiceTrial



    Justin Fentonˇ 4m4 minutes ago

    Day 2 of #RiceTrial today; Prosecutors are emphasizing his supervisor role;yesterday dropped false arrest accusation



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    Heading into courtroom for #RiceTrial Conversation on Dallas continues @c4show [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] via @wbalradio


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    #RiceTrial Day 2: State still making case. Biggest news so far - 1 misconduct in office charge dropped. @ABC2NEWS
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    Day Two of the Manslaughter Trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice

    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews ˇ 5m5 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial lunch break until 1:45 p.m.


    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 8m8 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial Boyd is part of state theory that as a supervisor Rice had extra responsibility to help Gray.



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 1m1 minute ago

    #RiceTrial Out of courtroom right now. Det. Michael Boyd on stand. Internal affairs detective.


    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews

    We were waiting for Brandon Ross, but Judge Williams said he couldn't wait any longer for deputies to bring him up #RiceTrial


    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Brandon Ross' name was taken down from the screen in courtroom. Now testifying is Det. Michael Boyd. Ross will testify later



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang ˇ 2m2 minutes ago

    #RiceTrial Confirmed the next witness for the state, second today, sixth overall is Brandon Ross


    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Court now in recess until availability of next witness. Dr. Sorriano is finished with testimony

    Wendy Spickerman ‏@wspickerman ˇ 4m4 minutes ago

    Soriano says Freddie Gray would not have sustained his injury by banging his head against the van. Define "banging"? #RiceTrial


    P. Kenneth Burns ‏@PKBNews ˇ 3m3 minutes ago

    Court is in recess until "advised of the availability of the witness." #RiceTrial
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    UPDATE~Day 2 Of Rice Trial; Detective & Medical Expert Take Stand; Gray Friend To Testify
    Friday, July 8, 2016

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    3:40 p.m.

    Officer Edward Nero, who was acquitted in an earlier trial on charges stemming from Freddie Gray's death, is in the courtroom as prosecutors continue to present their case.

    It's not known if Nero will be called to testify. After a recess, Officer Lloyd Sobboh testified in two earlier trials, those of Nero and Officer Caesar Goodson, and spoke Friday about how defendants shackled but not seat-belted can still move in a van.

    The day's fifth witness, Jamel Baker, said he lives on Mount Street and heard Gray's screams in his apartment during Gray's arrest, and saw Gray loaded into the van.






    2:45 p.m.

    A friend of Freddie Gray who took video of Gray being loaded back into a police van has testified at the trial of Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

    Brandon Ross, who is awaiting trial on an assault charge was brought into court by sheriff's deputies.

    He was not handcuffed while on the stand.

    Ross described how Rice chased Gray, identifying Rice in portions of closed circuit video of Gray's chased and arrest on Pressberry Street.

    At the arrest scene, Ross said Ross told him "you have to leave."

    Ross said he ran to the home of a woman who lived in nearby Gilmor Homes, and borrowed a cell phone to call 911.

    Ross said he wanted to report what was happening to Gray, and he gave an assumed name.

    He told prosecutors he did that, "because I didn't want to get harassed by police."

    Ross said he used the borrowed cell phone to take video of the van's second stop at Mount and Baker Streets.

    He described how Gray was on his knees on the ground, and was screaming as two officers were putting flex cuffs and shackles on him.

    Gray said he complained to Officer William Porter, who was in the crowd. Ross said he wanted to complain toa supervisor and Porter told him to talk to Rice.

    As he approached Rice, Ross said Rice told him, "I am a supervisor, leave before I lock you up."

    Ross then said Rice appeared to reach for his Taser.

    Prosecutors asked Ross what he did next, and Ross said, "I left."

    The court then showed portions of the recent where Ross only recorded audio, not video. Ross said he was walking away.

    He described Rice's tone of voice in their encounter as "loud and aggressive, like I felt I had done something wrong."

    Under cross examination, Ross told defense attorney Chazz Ball that he heard Gray kicking when he was inside the police van, but he said the van was not shaking.

    Ball tried to introduced testimony that Ross gave at Officer William Porter's trial in December, in which Ross said he saw the van shaking.

    Prosecutors objected, and after a bench conference, the question was withdrawn.

    Under rebuttal questioning, Ross told prosecutor Janice Bledsoe that Rice treated him badly.

    "He was being a jerk. We weren't being rowdy, and preventing him from doing his job. Why were we being told to leave," Ross said.

    Ross was on the stand for about an hour.

    Officer Porter was spotted in the hallway, and his attorney Gary Proctor was in the courtroom watching Ross's testimony.

    Prosecutors were considering calling Porter to the stand before the end of the day.

    However, just before a mid-afternoon break ended, Porter was seen leaving the courthouse with Proctor.

    Porter is being forced to testify with limited immunity at this trial, and the trials of other officers.

    Porter's first trial ended with a hung jury in December, and he faces a retrial in September



    1:30 p.m.

    The prosecution maintains because of his rank, Lt. Brian Rice has added responsibility to protect Freddie Gray on the day he was arrested.

    The latest witness to testify at Rice's manslaughter trial presented evidence of that.

    Internal Affairs Detective Michael Boyd showed the court a log that lists Rice as the shift commander of the Western District on April 12, 2015.

    Boyd also described the audio of radio calls from the day of Gray's arrest from the time when Rice spotted Gray and requested help, all the way to the van's arrival at the Western District, where Rice is heard telling dispatchers that Gray needs a medic.

    Boyd is also showing all of the closed circuit video from April 12, where Rice is seen chasing Gray, and later loading him into a police van at the van's second stop at Mount and Baker Street.

    Much of Boyd's testimony was spent showing the video and playing the audio.

    Under cross examination, Boyd said that a majority of officers from the Western District responded to Gray's arrest.

    Defense attorney Chazz Ball showed Boyd two still photos from the closed circuit video. One picture shows Rice entering the van at Mount and Baker Street. The other shows him leaving the van. He was asked how long Gray was in the van according to the photos, and Boyd said it was 13 seconds.

    Boyd was also asked by Ball about a request Rice made to have Officers Garrett Miller and Edward Nero meet him, what is known as a "10-32" in police radio calls. Ball asked if other officers could respond to that call, and Boyd said they could.

    Boyd was one of the detectives who interviewed Rice on video, though the video of that interview has not been admitted into evidence.

    After a lunch break, the next witness is expected to be Gray's friend Brandon Ross, who took the video of Gray begin loaded into the van by Rice at the van's second stop. Ross was with Gray and another man when Rice spotted Gray running away.

    Ross is incarcerated in Baltimore City awaiting charges related to a stabbing in April.

    Ross was expected to testify this morning, but he had not been brought to court by sheriff's deputies, and so Boyd was called to the stand.

    In an interview for Maryland's News This Week, University of Baltimore Law Professor David Jaros noted that even though many of the same witnesses are testifying at each of these trials, Judge Williams cannot consider testimony from previous trials because each case is separate.

    He also said the judge is not considering events outside the evidence presented, including the police involved killings this week in Minnesota and Louisiana, and Thursday's killings in Dallas.
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    Afternoon session~~Day Two of the Manslaughter Trial of Baltimore City Police Lt. Brian Rice ~~7/8/2016

    Have a Great weekend we are done for the week!!! Trial back Monday @ 9:30AM

    Ron Snyder  ‏@SnyderWBALTV ˇ 1m1 minute ago

    Ofc Nero was in courtroom hallway but judge said #RiceTrial in recess until 930am Monday [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] #wbal




    Ron Snyder@SnyderWBALTV ˇ

    While Porter did not testify, Ofc Edward Nero appears to being testifying next in #RiceTrial. #wbal



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    Porter, whose trial in #FreddieGray case ended in a mistrial, was granted limited immunity for his testimony. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
    #wbal


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    RT: wbaltv11: RT SnyderWBALTV: Ross said he called 911 after #FreddieGray arrest to report BaltimorePolice [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]




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    Next likely to take stand in #RiceTrial is Ofc William Porter. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]
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    Ross testified that he thought Rice was a "jerk" for making him leave after #FreddieGray arrest. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]

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    Ross said he called 911 after #FreddieGray arrest to report @BaltimorePolice [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]




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    Testimony continues in #RiceTrial, as prosecution could wrap up today. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Boyd was also shown stills of Rice in Van. Total time 13 sec.



    Robert Lang ‏@Reporterroblang

    #RiceTrial Under cross exam Boyd said a majority of officers from Western Dist. Responded to #FreddieGray arrest
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    Day 2 Of Rice Trial; Gray Friend Testifies; Porter, Nero In Courthouse
    July 8 2016

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    4:02 p.m.

    The second day of the Lt. Brian Rice will probably be known for who was in the courthouse, but who did not testify, as we saw two other accused officers in the hallway, with their lawyers, waiting to testify.

    Most recently, Officer Edward Nero was here.

    Nero was acquitted in May of all four charges against him.

    He was in the courthouse hallway with his lawyer.

    Like Rice he was involved in the arrest. Nero was waiting in the hallway for about an hour and then left.

    Earlier we saw Officer William Porter, and he had been ordered to testify in the trials of the five other accused officers.

    He waited in the hallway while his lawyer Gary Proctor was in the courtroom watching as Brandon Ross, Freddie Gray’s friend testify.

    Porter and his attorney then left the courthouse.

    As for Brandon Ross, the assault suspect who took cellphone video of Gray being loaded into the police van.

    Ross wanted to complain to a police supervisor about the way Gray was being treated. Ross was said Lt. Rice told him to leave.

    Ross said Rice treated him like a jerk.

    Court is now in recess until Monday when the prosecution is likely to wrap up its case

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    Prosecution Likely To Rest Today At Rice Trial

    Monday, July 11, 2016
    Robert Lang, WBAL NewsRadio 1090

    5:45 a.m.

    The trial of Lt. Brian Rice, the highest ranking officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray enters its third day.

    Rice is charged with manslaughter, second degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment.

    In court filings, prosecutors had said they would take three days to present their case, and if that schedule holds the state will rest today.

    Prosecutors are basing their case on Rice, as the officer in charge the day Freddie Gray was arrested, failed in his responsibility to protect Gray.

    Another accused officer, Garrett, Miller, is expected to testify, as he has been ordered to testify in this trial.

    Miller testified at Officer Edward Nero's trial in May, and said that Rice initially chased Gray and asked him and Nero to help, but did not explain why Gray was being chased.

    Miller faces his own trial, which starts July 27, and is being offered limited immunity for his testimony.

    On Friday both Nero, and Officer William Porter were both in the courthouse Friday, but neither officer testified.

    Porter, who faces a retrial in September, has been ordered to testify in the trials of the other five accused officers.

    Last month, he testified at the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, but he did not testify at Nero's trial.

    Prosecutors have presented nine witnesses over two days last week. All of these witnesses have testified at other trials, but since each case is separate, witnesses have to testify again.


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    Third day of Rice trial in Freddie Gray case could include testimony from fellow officers

    The Baltimore Sun - July 11, 2016

    The third day of Baltimore police Lt. Brian Rice's trial in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray is scheduled to begin in a downtown Baltimore courtroom Monday morning – and could feature testimony from two of Rice's fellow officers.

    Rice, 42, is the highest ranking of six officers charged in the case, and the fourth to go to trial. One officer, William Porter, had a mistrial in December after a 12-member jury could not reach a consensus on any of the charges against him. Two other officers, Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson Jr., were acquitted at bench trials in May and June, respectively, by Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams.

    Rice, who faces involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct charges, has also placed his legal fate in the hands of Williams, rather than a jury. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges.


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    Lt. Brian Rice trial: Freddie Gray case live coverage Live

    Baltimore prosecutors are forging ahead with the next trial of an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray, on the heels of two acquittals delivered by the judge overseeing the case.


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    I just picked out a few

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]Porter just testified. Like Nero, helped establish facts for prosecution, but largely backed up arguments of defense.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]During both Nero & Porter testimony, prosecution pointed out that they have sued prosecution, have been actively cooperating w Rice defense

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]Understandable why prosecution is frustrated with the officers as witnesses, but it doesnt help them prove the evidence judge says they lack

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]Notable today: Williams ruled that prosecution could lead Nero in questioning, essentially declaring him a hostile witness.
    That was based on Nero's lawsuit against prosecutors, collaboration with the defense.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]No such ruling was made for Porter, but prosecution noted his lawsuit, collab w/ defense like w Nero & Schatzow was asking leading questions

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]Looks like Angelique Herbert, the paramedic who responded to the Western District station, is on the witness stand next.

    [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]Herbert has not testified; instead, court broke until 2 pm so defense and prosecution can work out stipulations, incl pertaining to Herbert

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    At trial of Rice in Freddie Gray case, fellow officer Nero describes arrest scene as volatile

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    The third day of Baltimore police Lt. [Only registered and activated users can see links. ]'s trial in the arrest and death of [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] began Monday with prosecutors calling two of Rice's fellow officers, also charged in the case, to the stand — then immediately casting them as hostile witnesses.

    Rice, 42, is the highest ranking of six officers charged in the case, and the fourth to go to trial. One officer, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], had a mistrial in December after a 12-member jury could not reach a consensus on any of the charges against him. Two other officers, [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] and [Only registered and activated users can see links. ], were acquitted at bench trials in May and June, respectively, by Circuit Judge [Only registered and activated users can see links. ].

    Monday, prosecutors called Nero to the stand, and Chief Deputy State's Attorney [Only registered and activated users can see links. ] asked him about a defamation lawsuit he's filed against the prosecution and the fact he had entered into a "joint defense agreement with the other defendants."

    Rice's defense objected, and after a brief bench conference Williams agreed Nero was hostile to the prosecution, allowing Schatzow to ask Nero leading questions — something prosecutors are usually barred from doing.

    When Porter, who is scheduled to be retried in September, took the stand next, Schatzow asked about his defamation lawsuit against prosecutors and his cooperation with the defense.

    Porter acknowledged he had met with Rice's attorneys on at least two occasions and gone over documents with them— including his own statement to police.

    Williams did not rule Porter was a hostile witness.

    The morning testimony presented the latest example of prosecutors and police being at odds in the case.


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