Baltimore Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., is a mere days away from his trial date on charges of manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment, misconduct, and second-degree “depraved-heart” murder against Freddie Gray; the young man died due to spinal injuries while in a police van that Goodson was driving.

The Jan. 11th trial date will be the second of the sixth that will take place. The first trial, which turned out to be a mistrial due to a deadlocked jury, was for officer William Porter; a guy that now has to testify in Goodson’s trial (he also has to testify in the trial of Sgt. Alicia White).

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Porter’s retrial will take place in June. While what he says on the stand during Goodson’s trial will not affect him during that retrial, the decisions that the judge makes during this trial may.

“No one wants to be in the position of being made by the government to give information that might impact negatively on themselves,” defense attorney Warren Brown said to the Baltimore Sun. “It might open some doors here that might severely impact the right of people to get a fair trial in multi-defendant cases.”

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SOURCE: Essence