1st officer trial in the Freddie Gray case ends with hung jury
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Judge Barry Williams has declared a hung jury in the trial of Officer William Porter.
Jurors began deliberating around 2:30 p.m. Monday. Jurors announced they were deadlocked around 3 p.m. Wednesday.
Judge Williams said it was clear the group was unable to reach consensus on all counts.
"You are a hung jury," he said.
Baltimore Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake issued the following statement in response to the decision.
A few minutes ago, Judge Barry G. Williams declared a mistrial in the criminal case of Officer William Porter because the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict. It is now up to State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby to determine whether to further pursue criminal charges. This is our American system of justice. Twelve Baltimore residents listened to the evidence presented and were unable to render a unanimous decision. As a unified city, we must respect the outcome of the judicial process. In the coming days, if some choose to demonstrate peacefully to express their opinion, that is their constitutional right. I urge everyone to remember that collectively, our reaction needs to be one of respect for our neighborhoods, and for the residents and businesses of our city. In the case of any disturbance in the city, we are prepared to respond. We will protect our neighborhoods, our businesses and the people of our city.
According to Reuters, an administrative hearing will be held Thursday to schedule a new trial. Porter will not attend.
Jurors were also deadlocked Tuesday afternoon, but were told to continue deliberating.
Porter faced charges of involuntary manslaughter, assault/second degree and misconduct in office. During the trial prosecutors painted him as an officer who showed "callous indifference for life [who] ... didn't take a few extra seconds to buckle [Gray] in." The defense argued Porter did nothing different compared to what another "reasonable officer" would do.
A total of 28 witnesses were called over eight days of testimony, 16 for the prosecution and 12 for the defense. Witnesses called included Porter's colleagues, police academy instructors and his mother, as well as crime lab technicians, a DNA expert, a neurosurgeon, and the assistant state medical examiner who ruled Gray's death a homicide.
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