Defense Set to Push Hard to Acquit Baltimore Police Officer

BALTIMORE (AP) — Attorneys for a Baltimore police officer on trial for murder in the death of a black prisoner whose neck was broken in a police transport van are set to push hard for acquittal.

Lawyers for Officer Caesar Goodson will be arguing their case Thursday in a Baltimore courtroom. Prosecutors rested their case Wednesday afternoon.

Lawyers for the state suffered a setback earlier in the day, when a judge found they had violated discovery rules. That’s because they didn’t turn over notes from a detective that indicate an assistant medical examiner at one point considered that the death of Freddie Gray might have been an accident. That could contradict earlier testimony from Dr. Carol Allen, who determined Gray’s death was a homicide and not an accident.

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