Baltimore Officer Ordered to Testify Against All Other Defendants in Freddie Gray Case

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A Maryland Court of Appeals said William Porter must speak at the five remaining officers' trials.

A Maryland Court of Appeals has ordered Baltimore police officer William Porter to testify against the five other officers charged in Freddie Gray’s 2015 death.

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The Associated Press reports that attorneys for Porter, who was the first officer to stand trial in December, had filed an appeal citing that he shouldn’t be required to testify at the remaining trials. However, earlier this morning, the Court of Appeals rejected the appeal without elaborating, saying that they would issue an opinion later.

Gray died last April after sustaining a broken back while in police custody. Six officers have been charged with his death, and last year, the city reached a $6.5 million settlement with Gray’s family. 

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In December, a judge declared a mistrial in the case of Porter, who was charged with involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office for failing to secure Gray in the police van. A retrial has been scheduled for June. The five remaining officers have trial dates in the coming months.

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