Trial for highest-ranking officer in Freddie Gray case begins
BALTIMORE (WBFF) - The fourth trial of a Baltimore Police officer charged in the Freddie Gray case begins on Thursday.
Lt. Brian Rice was in court Tuesday for pre-trial motions, during which prosecutors accused the Baltimore Police Dept. (BPD) of delaying the release of evidence. Judge Barry Williams barred prosecutors from using 4,000 pages of training documents, saying they were late in turning them over to the defense team.
In response the state argued they requested the documents months ago, but police say they received the request in mid-June and paid overtime to have them ready.
Day one of the trial will begin with opening statements.
Rice is the highest-ranking officer to stand trial for the death of Gray. He 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.
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.
He is charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.