Verdict due for Baltimore Police van driver in Freddie Gray case


    After more than five days of testimony in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, a verdict is due to be read Thursday morning at 10 a.m. (WBFF)

    BALTIMORE (WBFF) - After more than five days of testimony in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, a verdict is due to be read Thursday morning at 10 a.m.

    Goodson was the police van driver on the morning Freddie Gray was injured in police custody.

    He is facing charges of second-degree depraved heart murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

    Security around the courthouse and around the city have been a concern for some officials and members of the Maryland National Guard are said to be on stand-by. A spokesperson tells FOX45 the Guard will only be deployed as a last resort, but are in close communication with the Baltimore Police Department.

    A Baltimore Police representative says neighboring police agencies could step in as well to assist, should the need arise.

    "It would be a situation in which the local police would not be able to handle the situation and things would be evolving," Col. Charles Kohler with the Maryland National Guard said. "That would really be the only time that the National Guard would be called up is once the governor feels as if were needed to support the operations."

    Prosecutors have yet to secure a guilty verdict against any of the officers accused in the death of Gray.

    Goodson is the third of six officers charged in connection with Gray's arrest to go to trial, following Officer William Porter and Officer Edward Nero.

    Nero was acquitted of all charges and Porter is scheduled to be re-tried in September since his case ended with a hung jury in December.

    Gray was arrested on April 12, 2015 after officers say he "fled unprovoked upon noticing police presence," placed unrestrained in a police van and transported to Western District.

    When officers attempted to remove Gray from the wagon he was no longer breathing and was found to be in cardiac arrest by a responding medic.

    He underwent surgery at Shock Trauma and died on April 19, 2015.

    Charging documents state that Gray was "arrested without force or incident," and note that Gray "suffered a medical emergency" during transport.

    The state's medical examiner ruled his death a homicide.


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