Freddie Gray Pretrial Hearing Begins, Judge Denies Motion To Dismiss Charges Against Officers
Attorneys representing six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray appeared for a pretrial court hearing Wednesday, where they accused Baltimore state’s attorney Marilyn J. Mosby of committing prosecutorial misconduct. According to the New York Times, the defense alleged that Mosby conducted a “pep rally” when she announced the charges against the six officers back in May.
“We are not looking to punish anybody, but we are looking for the court to remedy the damage that has been done to the fair trial rights of the defendants,” said Andrew Graham, a lawyer for Officer Caesar R. Goodson Jr., at the hearing. “The state’s attorney basically accepted and encouraged the public’s cry of ‘No justice, no peace.’ ”
This is the first hearing in the case against the officers, who all stand accused of directly or indirectly playing a role in the death of Gray. On April 12, the 25-year-old was unlawfully arrested and placed in a police van without the required security restraints. The officers are accused of ignoring the young man’s pleas for help during the ride. He passed away one week later as a result of a spinal cord injury.
The defense has asked that Mosby be disqualified from prosecuting the case and that all charges against the six officers be dismissed. Additionally, they have requested that each officer be tried individually and that the case be moved out of Baltimore.
According to the Baltimore Sun, Judge Barry G. Williams denied that defense’s request to have the charges dismissed. The hearing is schedule to resume at 2:00 p.m. where the defense is expected to argue that the trial against the officers should be split up. The change of venue hearing has been scheduled for Sept. 10. The actual trial will begin in October.