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Jury in Baltimore Officer's Trial Was One Vote From Acquittal on Most Serious Charge

January 15, 2016  | 

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The jury in the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William G. Porter was one vote from acquitting him of involuntary manslaughter in the death of Freddie Gray, the most serious charge he faced, according to sources familiar with the deliberations.

Judge Barry G. Williams declared a mistrial because the jury deadlocked on all four charges last month. Jurors were two votes from convicting Porter of misconduct in office, and more divided on charges of assault and reckless endangerment, sources said.

How the jury voted was not publicly revealed, and the judge ruled that jurors' names should not be revealed, reports the Baltimore Sun.

Legal experts say the information is critical to understanding the process now playing out as prosecutors and Porter's defense attorneys prepare for his scheduled retrial in June. The information also could help shape legal strategies in the pending cases against the other five police officers charged in Gray's April arrest and death.

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kevCopAz @ 1/16/2016 9:50 AM

Perhaps that idiot over charging District atty can realize that she was way out of bounds on the charging. Her inexperience was obvious. They should re-charge with something they can prove and not manslaughter, but I bet because he IS A COP they will re-charge all charges. This will be an example of how police are not treated like others and charged when others would not be as an "example". This should have gone outside Baltimore in the first place. This district Atty. is inept and a grandstanding idiot.

Tom Ret @ 1/16/2016 10:54 AM

This case will collapse on this worthless DA and rightfully so.

OK @ 1/16/2016 1:09 PM

All of this grief over a drug dealer.

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