Defense Rests in Trial of Officer Charged in Freddie Gray's Death

What to Know

  • The defense is expected to finish Wednesday and closing arguments are expected Thursday.
  • Officer Edward Nero faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges.
  • Freddie Gray died April 19, 2015, a week after his neck was broken in the back of a police van while he was not restrained.

The defense has rested its case after calling eight witnesses in a trial for a Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest of Freddie Gray.

Closing arguments are set for Thursday and the judge's verdict is expected Monday.

Prosecutors say Officer Edward Nero illegally arrested Gray last year without probable cause, and was negligent when he failed to secure Gray in a police van with a seat belt. Nero's attorney says his client wasn't involved in Gray's arrest, and that it's the responsibility of a police van's driver to make sure a detainee is belted in.

Gray died April 19 of last year, a week after his neck was broken while he was handcuffed and shackled in the back of the van.

Nero is charged with assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

He's the second of six officers to stand trial.

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