Freddie Gray Van Driver Trial Continues
Testimony will resume for the fifth day of trial for a Baltimore police officer facing a murder charge in the in-custody death of a man whose neck was broken in the back of a police van.
The wagon driver, Caesar Goodson, is facing second-degree murder, manslaughter and other charges stemming from the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
Prosecutors say Goodson gave Gray a “rough ride” last year when he left him unrestrained by a seatbelt, but handcuffed and shackled in the back of the wagon. Prosecutors also say Goodson was negligent when he failed to call for medical help.
So far two of the six officers charged in Gray’s death have had a trial. Last month, a judge acquitted Officer Edward Nero, who faced misdemeanor charges in the Gray case and also chose a judge trial. In December, Officer William Porter’s trial ended in a hung jury.
Goodson’s attorneys say the officer didn’t give Gray a rough ride, and did nothing wrong.
The state has called 19 witnesses so far, and the defense has called two. Testimony will continue Wednesday.