Freddie Gray Case: Baltimore Court Delays Trial of Caesar Goodson Jr., Officer With Most Severe Charges

The Maryland Court of Special Appeals put a stop to the trial until it is determined whether William Porter, another officer charged in the incident, can be made to testify.

Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. poses for a mug shot on May 1, 2015, in Baltimore.
Officer Caesar Goodson Jr. poses for a mug shot on May 1, 2015, in Baltimore. Handout from Baltimore Police Department via Getty Images

Jury selection in the case of Caesar Goodson Jr., the Baltimore police officer indicted in the death of Freddie Gray, was meant to begin Monday.

CNN reports, however, that the Maryland Court of Special Appeals issued a stay Monday, effectively stopping the trial of the officer until it can be determined whether William Porter, another officer indicted in the case, can be made to testify in Goodson’s trial. 

Goodson is the officer who faces the most serious charges in relation to Gray’s death: second-degree depraved-heart murder. If convicted, he could face 30 years in prison. Goodson was driving the police van in which Gray was being transported when he was fatally injured in April 2015.

Goodson is also facing charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree negligent assault, manslaughter by vehicle (gross negligence), manslaughter by vehicle (criminal negligence), misconduct in office and reckless endangerment, CNN notes. 

Porter was tried in December on charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Porter’s case ended with a hung jury last month, and he is scheduled for retrial in June. 

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