Officer William Porter, right, arrives at Courthouse East with his attorneys Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016, in Baltimore. Circuit Judge Barry Williams is holding a motions hearing Wednesday ahead of the trial for Caesar Goodson, who drove the police transport van where Freddie Gray was critically injured. Prosecutors want Porter, whose trial ended in a mistrial last month, to testify against Goodson and Sgt. Alicia White. (Jerry Jackson/The Baltimore Sun via AP)
A judge has rejected prosecutors’ request to force a Baltimore police officer to testify against three of his colleagues facing charges in connection with Freddie Gray’s death.
Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams on Jan. 20 denied the state’s motion. Prosecutors indicated this month for the first time that they wanted Officer William Porter to testify against all five of the colleagues charged along with him in connection with Gray’s death. Previously, they had indicated they wanted his testimony against only two of them. Porter’s own trial ended with a hung jury.
An appeals court is reviewing an order mandating that Porter testify against Officer Caesar Goodson, who was driving the van carrying Gray to jail. Gray died of injuries received in the van.
Meanwhile, both Goodson’s and Sgt. Alicia White’s trials have been postponed pending the appeals court decision.