A Baltimore judge is expected to issue a verdict in the second-degree murder trial of police Officer Caesar Goodson, Jr. on Thursday morning.
Goodson, 46, was the driver of the transport van in which Freddie Gray sustained a fatal injury in April 2015. He died a week later, and six police officers involved in his arrest and transport were criminally charged.
He is the third officer to stand trial in the high-profile case, which has so far yielded no convictions. The trial of Officer William Porter ended in a hung jury and mistrial in December, and the trial of Officer Edward Nero ended last month with Nero being acquitted of all four misdemeanor counts.
Goodson, a 16-year veteran of the force, elected for a bench trial, leaving his fate in the hands of Circuit Judge Barry Williams instead of a jury.
City officials and police are preparing for any protests and demonstrations that may follow the verdict. Police have canceled leave for officers Thursday, and a spokesman for the mayor said.
Goodson is charged with second-degree depraved-heart murder, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, involuntary manslaughter, manslaughter by vehicles (gross negligence), manslaughter by vehicles (criminal negligence) and reckless endangerment.