Freddie Gray case | State vs Officer Caesar Goodson | Day 8

Caesar Goodson defense rests(Reuters) – Defense lawyers rested their case on Friday in the trial of a Baltimore police officer charged with murder in the death of black detainee Freddie Gray last year, a court spokeswoman said.

Closing arguments in the high-profile trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr are set for Monday in Baltimore City Circuit Court, she said. Judge Barry Williams, who is hearing the case in a bench trial, then will decide Goodson’s fate.

Goodson, 46, was the driver of a police transport van in which Gray broke his neck in April 2015. His trial is considered the marquee case for Maryland prosecutors who failed to secure a conviction in two earlier trials of officers.

Gray’s death triggered rioting and protests and stoked a debate on police treatment of minorities. Goodson, who is black, is the third among six officers charged in Gray’s death to go on trial.

Goodson’s trial saw tensions flare between a police investigator and prosecutor Michael Schatzow on Thursday when Detective Dawnyell Taylor testified that a medical examiner had called Gray’s death an accident before ruling it a homicide.

Schatzow accused Taylor of failing to keep the prosecution informed about the medical examiner’s comments, and Taylor said she had problems with the integrity of prosecutor Janice Bledsoe. Schatzow retorted that Bledsoe had made her own allegations about Taylor’s integrity.

Prosecutors argue that Goodson caused Gray’s death by giving him a “rough ride,” failing to secure him with a seat belt and failing to call for medical aid. Goodson’s lawyers say Gray caused his own injuries.

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83 Responses to Freddie Gray case | State vs Officer Caesar Goodson | Day 8

  1. White supremacy Defense wants us to believe #FreddieGray gravely injured himself to stay out of jail? For what crime? GTFOOH

  2. No morals, no conscience, nothing but bald face lies. Demons unleashed from the pit of hell.

    • Liza says:

      I wish that were the worst thing they did to him. They broke his neck and crushed his larynx as though he were a defenseless animal and they were a gang of bullies who do this all the time for fun and laughs.

  3. Ametia says:

    There is NOTHING about these trials so far that lead me to believe there will be any GUILTY verdicts issued. Am I being a pessimist?

    • yahtzeebutterfly says:

      As a unit the six officers changed a healthy young man into a dead one. They should have been charged as a unit.

    • Liza says:

      Not at all. I do not expect a conviction here, certainly not on the most serious charge of murder. I’m guessing full acquittal unless the judge wants to throw a bone to the prosecutors and convict on some lesser charge. If that is true, this is the guy who will get a conviction, but there will most likely be a full acquittal for the others.

    • Liza says:

      Only if you believe that “probable cause” is significant when arresting a person and assaulting their body.

  4. Lying liars and the lies they tell. They’re shameless.

  5. I loathe these people. Wickedness has no bounds.

  6. No he wasn’t. But #FreddieGray was able to run before police had contact with him.

  7. I’m sure the Judge saw the video of #FreddieGray screaming in pain. How in the hell was he being combative?

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