Trial is set to resume Wednesday for Caesar Goodson Jr., the officer facing the most serious charges in the death of Freddie Gray, who suffered a fatal spine injury last year while riding in a police van Goodson was driving.
Prosecutors are attempting to show that Goodson gave Gray a “rough ride,” driving carelessly as Gray, who was shackled but not seat belted, bounced around in the van’s prisoner compartment. They’ve called 18 witnesses in four days of trial so far.
Defense attorneys contend that there is no evidence of a “rough ride” and that police were permitted to transport Gray without a seat belt because he was combative during his arrest.
Goodson, 46, is charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He has waived a jury trial, opting instead to have his case heard by Judge Barry G. Williams. Five other officers have been charged, but Goodson is the only defendant accused of murder.
In proceedings Tuesday, Baltimore City Police Detective Michael Boyd, who investigated Gray’s death, testified that video evidence didn’t appear to show Goodson making any sudden stops or turns as he drove Gray through West Baltimore after his arrest.