Freddie Gray case: Verdict expected Monday after closing arguments Thursday in Officer Nero trial
Baltimore Police Officer Edward Nero chose not take the stand as testimony in his trial concluded Wednesday, and Circuit Judge Barry Williams said he planned to deliver a verdict on Monday.
Prosecutors and Nero’s attorneys are scheduled to make final arguments on Thursday.
Nero is charged in the arrest of Freddie Gray, the 25-year-old Baltimore man who died last year after suffering a severe spinal cord injury in police custody.
Nero’s defense team called its final two witnesses Wednesday: a Baltimore Police Department commander to testify about police procedures, and an officer who trained with Nero and was present during Gray’s arrest.
Nero was one of three bicycle officers who pursued Gray through the Gilmor Homes public housing project in West Baltimore on April 12, 2015.
Prosecutors are alleging that Gray’s arrest was an assault because it did not meet the standards of a legal detention. Legal analysts have called it an unusual theory.
Nero is also accused of endangering Gray by failing to secure him in the back of a police van with a seat belt.
The 30-year-old officer has pleaded not guilty to misdemeanor charges of second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and two counts of misconduct in office.
The defense has sought to minimize Nero’s role in the arrest, but has also argued that the officer was acting according to how he was trained and that any deviations he made were reasonable.