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Medical Examiner Intended to Rule Freddie Gray Death an Accident, Officer Goodson Trial Reveals

June 16, 2016  | 

Evidence disclosed for the first time Wednesday in the trial of Baltimore Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., the van driver charged with second-degree murder in the death of Freddie Gray, suggests that the doctor performing Gray's autopsy at one point intended to rule his death an accident.

Assistant medical examiner Dr. Carol Allan ultimately ruled the death a homicide. She has stood by that ruling during Goodson's trial, testifying that she never felt Gray's death was an accident.

"The word 'accident' never crossed my lips to anyone, other than to say, 'This is not an accident,'" she said on the stand last week.

But the new evidence shows that, at a meeting last year, a police investigator noted that Allan suggested at one point that Gray's death was an accident, the Baltimore Sun reports.

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kevcopAz @ 6/17/2016 7:17 AM

As a seasoned death investigator, this death more then likely should have been ruled as an accident in the first place. I think its plainly obvious that there was political pressure to rule it the way that the examiner did, probably to retain their own jobs or support the "boss". Im not sure who (City/county) the M.E. works for but this is a concern that they "whored out" their results. I may be wrong, but I have never seen a parent charged at this level when their own child was not strapped in, (including babies in car seats,) and died in an "accident"! Even if there have been some, I bet cases charged were likely due to the parents driving (read crash) actions involved not just for the Childs lack of being "strapped in". Does anyone recall that another prisoner in the same van stated that he heard Gray banging his own head and body around inside the van, AND said he thought it was on purpose to harm himself? Any one of us who ever drove a "wagon" have had prisoners pull this crap.

Federali @ 6/24/2016 11:33 AM

Sounds to me like Dr. Carol Allan may have committed perjury! Maybe under duress for her job, but none the less, perjury. Plus, if you read the linked article, how can any of the prosecution team ever be allowed to practice law anymore!?! Bad people, doing bad things, leave enough evidence; you don't need to violate the rules to get convictions. I'd say in addition to Henthorn and Giglio, we now need to add Mosby to our pre-trial vocabulary!

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