Police officer Caesar Goodson Jr. was acquitted in his second-degree murder trial today in the latest trial against six police officers in the death of Freddie Gray.
Baltimore State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby charged six local police officers with murder and manslaughter in the death of serial criminal Freddie Gray on May 1, 2015.
The six Baltimore officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray are (top row from left) Caesar Goodson Jr., Garrett Miller, Edward Nero and (bottom row from left) William Porter, Brian Rice and Alicia White. (Baltimore Police Department via AP)
The Baltimore Police Chief released a statement after the arrests saying the police are more afraid of going to jail in the city under the current Democratic leadership than they are of taking a bullet.
The Freddie Gray autopsy found the young Baltimore man’s death was an accident – not murder.
Breaking: Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson Jr. found not guilty of second-degree murder in Freddie Gray case. pic.twitter.com/TSRQilMDmL
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The Washington Examiner reported:
Baltimore police officer Caesar Goodson Jr. was acquitted in his second-degree murder trial, Circuit Judge Barry Williams announced Thursday.
Goodson, 46, was the driver of the police van in which Freddie Gray sustained the injury that led to his death in April 2015.
In addition to second-degree depraved-heart murder, for which he was acquitted, Goodson was also charged with and acquitted of: second-degree assault, misconduct in office, involuntary manslaughter, manslaughter by vehicles aka gross negligence, manslaughter by vehicles aka criminal negligence and reckless endangerment.
The second-degree charge of depraved-heart murder would have carried a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison.