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1 charge dropped on first day of officer trial in Freddie Gray case

Prosecutors dismissed one of the criminal charges against Lt. Brian Rice, the fourth Baltimore Police Officer to stand trial in the Freddie Gray case, shortly after the trial began Thursday morning. (WBFF)

BALTIMORE (WBFF) - Prosecutors dismissed one of two misconduct charges against Lt. Brian Rice, the fourth Baltimore Police Officer to stand trial in the Freddie Gray case, shortly after the trial began Thursday morning.

He is still facing the most serious charge, of manslaughter. His also faces charges of second-degree assault and reckless endangerment.

Prosecutors provided no explanation for the dismissal and opening statements got underway.

Rice is the highest-ranking officer to stand trial for the death of Gray.

The state says Rice was among the arresting officers who loaded Gray into the police van on the day of his arrest and claim Rice contributed to Gray's death when he failed to buckle him into a seatbelt.

Rice chose a bench trial over a jury trial, following Officer Caesar Goodson and Officer Edward Nero, who were both found not-guilty of all charges.

The first officer to be tried, Officer William Porter, saw his trial end with a hung jury.

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