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Jury Deadlocked in Trial of Officer Over Freddie Gray Case

December 15, 2015  | 

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Jurors in the trial of Baltimore police Officer William Porter reported Tuesday afternoon that they were deadlocked—but Judge Barry Williams sent them back to continue deliberating, reports the Baltimore Sun.

The jurors considering whether Porter is guilty of manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office related to the death of Freddie Gray had spent about nine hours deliberating when attorneys were called back into Williams' courtroom at about 3:30 p.m. for a jury note.

Williams said the jury said they were deadlocked. The jury did not elaborate on whether they are split on all or some of the charges, or which way the panel is leaning. Williams read from a portion of the jury instructions that had been read at the outset of the deliberations, in which he said the jury must reach a unanimous decision. Without any further comment, Williams told the jury to continue deliberating.

The jury, in a subsequent note to the judge, requested to continue deliberating until 5:30 p.m. and then to continue on Wednesday morning.

If the jury persists that they can't reach a verdict, the judge can declare a mistrial.

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Leonard Mather @ 12/15/2015 6:07 PM

The major lesson to be learned in this case is for the State to learn that issuing an huge monetary settlement for the family of Freddie Gray PRIOR to court cases determining guilt is at best a flagrant error and at worst a cross between Alice in Wonderland and Pandora's Box.

Leonard Mather @ 12/15/2015 6:11 PM

The lesson to be learned in this legal matter is that the State should NOT have given a settlement to the Freddie Gray Family PRIOR to the determination of guilt and/or innocence of the officers. That error is either a flagrant error of procedure at best, or a mix of Alice in Wonderland with Pandora's Box at worst.

Leonard @ 12/16/2015 9:47 AM

I have a tendency to agree with part of your comments you....but the problem is this. The man went into the police van alive and came out dead. Helluva a thing to defend before a jury. Additionally, BCP has a long history of issuing their own justice by giving suspects "Rough Rides" on the way to jail. The amount the negotiated with the family may have been much higher under a jury trial.

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