Judge declares mistrial after jury deadlocked in Freddie Gray trial

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Riots broke out in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 27, 2015, following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray, an 25-year-old man, died in police custody on April 19 following an April 12 arrest. Gray’s family reached a $6.4 million settlement with the city, a source close to the family said Tuesady, September 8, 2015.

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BALTIMORE — The judge has declared a mistrial in the case of Baltimore police Officer William Porter, who faces charges related to the death of Freddie Gray.

Jurors said they were deadlocked and unable to reach a unanimous verdict on any of the four charges against him.

Gray’s injury happened as he was being transported following an April 12 arrest. Prosecutors say Porter, one of three black officers charged in the case, was summoned by the van’s driver to check on Gray during stops on the way to a police station.

Prosecutors say he should have called a medic for Gray sooner than one was eventually called and also should have ensured that Gray was wearing a seat belt.

Officer William Porter is one of six Baltimore, Maryland police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray. Gray was arrested by Baltimore police on April 12, 2015 and died on April 19. Porter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault and misconduct in office.
Officer William Porter

Porter is charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office.

For convictions on some or all of the first three charges, he would face no more than 10 years in prison combined. There is no statutory maximum sentence for the fourth charge, misconduct.

Porter was one of six officers charged in connection with Gray’s death. All six officers have been suspended.

Porter is the first of the officers to be tried.

Prosecutors will decide whether to re-try the case.

The judge told the prosecution and defense attorneys to appear in administrative court Thursday morning to set a new trial date.

A defense attorney declined to comment, saying he was subject to a court gag order.

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