Assault charge against Lt. Brian Rice in Freddie Gray case dropped by judge
BALTIMORE (WBFF) -- An assault charge against Lt. Brian Rice, charged in the Freddie Gray case, has been dropped by the judge.
Judge Barry Williams announced the second-degree assault charge would be dropped after the state rested Monday afternoon.
According to the judge, the prosecution failed to show that Rice used the police van as an instrument for assault.
Rice still faces charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and a second misconduct charge.
He is the highest-ranking officer to stand trial for the death of Gray.
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.