Judge Won't Force Officer To Testify In Trial For 3 Officers

Jan 21, 2016

The officers accused in Freddie Gray's death; (clockwise) Ofc. Caesar Goodson Jr., Ofc. William Porter, Lt. Brian Rice, Ofc. Edward Nero, Ofc. Garrett Miller and Sgt. Alicia White. Prosecutors wanted Porter to testify against Rice, Nero and Miller. But Judge Barry Williams denied that request.
Credit Baltimore Police

A judge has rejected prosecutors' request to force a Baltimore police officer to testify against three of his colleagues facing charges in connection with Freddie Gray's death.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams on Wednesday denied the state's motion. Prosecutors indicated this month for the first time that they wanted Officer William Porter to testify against all five of the colleagues charged along with him in connection with Gray's death. Previously, they had indicated they wanted his testimony against only two of them. Porter's own trial ended with a hung jury.

An appeals court is reviewing an order mandating that Porter testify against Officer Caesar Goodson, who was driving the van carrying Gray to jail. Gray died of injuries received in the van.

Meanwhile, both Goodson's and Sgt. Alicia White's trials have been postponed pending the appeals court decision.