William Porter Jury Was 1 Vote From Acquittal

The jury in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter was one vote shy of acquitting him of involuntary manslaughter in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

Judge Barry G. Williams declared a mistrial because the jury deadlocked on all four charges last month. Jurors were two votes away from convicting Porter of misconduct in office, according to the Baltimore Sun. They were more divided on charges of assault and reckless endangerment.

How the jury voted was not publicly disclosed. The judge also ruled to withhold jurors’ names.

According to legal experts, the information is critical to understanding the process as it plays out with prosecutors and defense attorneys preparing for his scheduled retrial in June.

The information could also contribute to the shaping of legal strategies in the pending cases against the other five police officers charges in Gray’s arrest and subsequent death.

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