Freddie Gray

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A former Baltimore cop, now a Virginia police chief, said Thursday police Officer William Porter did everything he could to help 25-year-old Freddie Gray; continuing the defense argument that Porter does not bear responsibility for Gray’s April death from a broken neck.

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A legal analyst says police Officer William Porter has some very important questions to answer when his attorneys begin their defense of him Wednesday morning.

Doug Colbert, law professor at the University of Maryland Carey Law School, has been watching the trial since opening statements a week ago.

He says one of those questions will be why didn’t Porter do more to help Gray after the van’s fourth stop at Druid Hill Avenue and Dolphin Street.

John Lee

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders got a tour this morning of the Baltimore neighborhood where Freddie Gray was arrested. The Vermont Senator used the opportunity to push his programs to spend more money on jobs, education, and rebuilding the nation’s infrastructure. 

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Defense attorneys for police Officer William Porter are to begin presenting their case Wednesday.

Porter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment in the April death of Freddie Gray.  Gray, 25, died from a broken neck he suffered while being transported in a police van to the Western District police station.

Prosecutors say Porter’s failure to get medical help or buckle Gray in with a seatbelt amounted to criminal negligence. He is the first of six officers to be tried in the case.

Before prosecutors rested their case Tuesday, Baltimore Police DNA expert Thomas Hebert testified that Gray's blood was found on a bench, a wall and a seatbelt inside the police van.

Baltimore Police

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams denied motions for a mistrial Monday in the case against Officer William Porter, accused in the death last April of Freddie Gray.

Defense attorneys said they learned over the weekend that Gray, who died of a broken neck, told a Baltimore police officer a month earlier that he had a back injury.

Prosecutors said they did not learn of the statement until Monday morning when they were notified by two assistant state’s attorneys.

Baltimore Police

Baltimore prosecutors are expected to continue Friday questioning the lead investigator in the Freddie Gray case as the trial of police Officer William Porter moves into a fifth day.

Detective Syreeta Teel said Thursday she was called to the Western District police station the morning of Freddie Gray’s arrest, April 12, to investigate how Gray became injured between the time he was taken into custody – at Baker and Mount streets – to when he arrived at the police station.

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Prosecutors are expected to continue Thursday to attempt to prove police Officer William Porter bears some responsibility in the April death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.

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Two jurors – one black man and one black woman – said they had a relationship with Freddie Gray as the jury selection process continued Tuesday in the trial of Officer William Porter. 

The two are part of a new pool of 75 potential jurors being questioned by Circuit Judge Barry Williams. 

Baltimore Police

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams has begun the process of jury selection for the first of six trials of city police officers accused in the death of Freddie Gray.

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For the prosecution, the trial of Officer William Porter may be a matter of all or nothing.

Scheduled to start Monday, Porter faces charges stemming from the death in April of Freddie Gray. His case may have significance for the trials of five other officers.

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