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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Jury Begins Deliberations In Porter Trial

A jury is now deciding the fate of Officer William Porter.

The jury will enter its first full day of deliberations Tuesday. Porter is the first of six Baltimore City police officers to stand trial for the April 19 death of Freddie Gray, who died one week after suffering a broken neck and spinal cord injury after he was arrested and loaded into a police van and taken to the Western District police station. Exactly two weeks after jury selection began, the jury of seven women and five men is now working to decide whether Porter is guilty of any of the four charges against him.

Those charges are involuntary manslaughter, second degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

The jury sent two questions to Judge Barry Williams before court adjourned at 5:30 p.m. Monday. The first was asking for transcripts of police radio transmissions and Porter's interview with internal affairs. Williams denied that request, as the transcripts were "demonstrative" and not entered into evidence, though a CD of the former and video of the latter were entered as evidence.


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