Freddie Gray: Van Driver Goodson Opts for Bench Trial


From my post over at Legal Insurrection:

Police officer Caesar Goodson, the driver of the van in which Freddie Gray suffered his traumatic neck injury, has opted for a bench trial, reports the Baltimore Sun yesterday.  Among the six officers charged in the matter of Freddie Gray, Goodson faces the most serious charges.  These include depraved-heart murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, and reckless endangerment.  The murder charge alone is a second-degree felony with a maximum sentence of 30 years. Goodson is 46 years of age.  Goodson's trial proper is to begin on Thursday.

In an important ruling yesterday, trial Judge Barry Williams held that prosecutors would be prohibited from introducing into evidence a statement the State alleges to have been made by Police Officer William Porter that Gray had said "I can't breath."  The claim that Goodson was aware of this claimed statement is essential to the argument that Goodson was aware of Gray's need for medical care and therefore bears criminal liability for failing to provide such care.

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