BALTIMORE, MD: Prosecutors failed for the fourth time to get a conviction in the Freddie Gray case, with Circuit Judge Barry Williams acquitting Lt. Brian Rice of all charges related to Gray’s arrest and death.
Williams cleared Lt. Rice of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office on Monday morning. The judge had dismissed a second-degree assault charge at the trial’s midpoint, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge at the start.
Lt. Rice selected a bench trial rather than a jury trial, putting his fate in Williams’ hands. Williams previously acquitted Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson Jr. of all charges in May and June, respectively. A fourth officer, William Porter, had a mistrial in December after a 12-member jury could not reach a consensus on any of the charges against him.
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