Judge to hear motions in upcoming trial for van driver

FILE - In a Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Caesar Goodson, right, arrives at Courthouse East, in Baltimore for a motions hearing ahead of the trial for Goodson, who drove the police transport van where Freddie Gray was critically injured. Prosecutors want William Porter, whose trial ended in a mistrial last month, to testify against Goodson and Sgt. Alicia White. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT


BALTIMORE (AP) — A Baltimore judge will hear motions from the defense in the upcoming trial for an officer facing the most serious charge stemming from the death of a young black man from injuries he received in a police van.

Circuit Judge Barry Williams will hold a motions hearing Monday in the trial for Officer Caesar Goodson, who faces second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges stemming from Freddie Gray’s death.

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The 25-year-old Gray died last year, a week after his neck was broken in the van Goodson was driving. Prosecutors say he failed in his duty by not buckling Gray into a seat belt.

Goodson is asking Williams to suppress statements made by another officer to an investigator, as well as portions of Gray’s autopsy report.

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