The Latest: 1st trial in Freddie Gray case set for Nov. 30
BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the case against six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray (all times local):
A Baltimore judge has scheduled the first trial in the Freddie Gray case for Nov. 30 and the other trials are set for early next year.
Officer William Porter will go on trial first. He is accused of failing to provide or request medical care for Gray and not securing him safely in a van. Gray was a black man who died after being injured in custody. His death led to protests, rioting and a curfew after people became angry over the police treatment of Gray.
Porter is charged with manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.
Prosecutors said they intend to call Porter as a witness against at least two other officers.
Five of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are at a court hearing about the case.
Officer William Porter was the only one who didn’t attend the hearing Tuesday. Prosecutors have told the judge in a letter that they would like to try Porter first, and intend to call him as a witness against at least two other officers.
Judge Barry Williams is holding the scheduling hearing and is expected to decide what order and when they officers will be tried.
Gray was a 25-year-old black man who was critically injured during his April 12 arrest. His death a week later drew protests and rioting and the National Guard was called in to help keep the peace. Six officers — three black and three white — are charged in Gray’s arrest and death.
The officers face charges ranging from second-degree assault to second-degree “depraved-heart” murder.