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6 Baltimore Officers to be Tried Separately in Freddie Gray Case

September 03, 2015  | 

The judge denied a motion to dismiss the charges against the Baltimore officers. (Photo: WJZ screen shot)
The judge denied a motion to dismiss the charges against the Baltimore officers. (Photo: WJZ screen shot)

A circuit judge ruled Wednesday that the case against six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray will go forward in separate trials, with Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby remaining at the helm of the prosecution.

During a day of hearings in a downtown courtroom, Judge Barry Williams swiftly sliced through complex legal arguments in the first motions hearing. In three key rulings issued from the bench, he refused to dismiss the charges or recuse Mosby and decided that the case should be split to ensure that each officer gets a fair trial. 

Williams said that trying the officers together would not be "in the interest of justice" because key evidence that's admissible with regards to one officer may be inadmissible for another. The officers are charged with a range of offenses, from murder to misconduct, as each played a different role in Gray's arrest and transport, the Baltimore Sun reports.

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Jon Retired LEO @ 9/3/2015 4:42 PM

It doesn't take a legal expert to guess that the motion would be denied. They are out to hang all of those Officers out to dry. The judge already knows what he is going to do although judges are supposed to be impartial, but I imagine in this case he may have been told what he will do.

Leonard Mather @ 9/3/2015 6:54 PM

This is a wise judge. The reasoning is sound. Charges on one LEO may not pertain to the other(s), hence separate trials are needed. This also automatically causes Mosby to get her ducks in order, rather than her usual, shotgun umbrella of charges that resembled Lynching Reasoning of the 1800's. Rest assured that if Mosby's "evidence" does NOT convict as she had hoped, the mental fixation of Baltimore's denizens may deteriorate in proportion to Mosby's Lynch Mob Reasoning in her initial press conferences.

LEO (RET) @ 9/5/2015 10:13 AM

Would love to see a change of venue for these officers.

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