- Officer Caesar Goodson opts for a bench trial in the death of Freddie Gray
- Judge Barry Williams will decide his fate; he acquitted another officer in the case last month
Officer Caesar Goodson elected for a bench trial Monday. That move means Judge Barry Williams
, not a jury, will decide the verdict in his trial.
Goodson was the driver of the police transport van where prosecutors say Gray suffered a fatal spinal injury in April 2015.
Of the six officers who were charged, Goodson faces the most serious charges: second-degree depraved-heart murder, second-degree assault, misconduct in office, involuntary manslaughter, manslaughter by vehicles (gross negligence), manslaughter by vehicles (criminal negligence) and reckless endangerment.
The death of Gray, who was black, ignited a wave of protests as debate surged nationwide over whether police use excessive force, particularly against African-Americans.
Riots erupted in Baltimore
last year after Gray's funeral.