LI: "Freddie Gray Day #4: Prosecution’s “Rough Ride” Theory Implodes"


From my post over at Legal Insurrection:

The fourth day of the “Freddie Gray” trial of van driver Officer Caesar Goodson is most notable for the implosion of the state’s “rough ride” theory of the case for lack of evidence.

Prosecutors were compelled to throw this theory into the mix for the first time on the first day of Goodson’s trial after it appeared the foundation had been pulled out from under their preferred “failure to provide timely medical care” theory of the case.

Goodson is charged with depraved-heart murder,manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment in the death of Freddie Gray.

The state has presented three different theories of the case in their prosecution of Freddie Gray, which we’ve covered at length in prior posts, including:

Freddie Gray: Trial of Van Driver Caesar Goodson, Day #3

Freddie Gray: The Relevance of Donte Allen’s Changing Eyewitness Testimony

Theory #1: Murder by Failure to Seatbelt, and Theory #2: Murder by Failure to Provide Medical Care now seem to be out of reach for the prosecution, leaving them desperately clinging to their final theory for why Caesar Goodson should be sentenced to prison for 30 years, Theory #3: Murder by Rough Ride.

The difficulty with this third theory, as with the other two, is that prosecutors do not appear to actually possess any evidence they can introduce in support of their theory.

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