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Baltimore officers plead not guilty to charges stemming from Freddie Gray death

By Danielle Haynes
Police in riot gear line up with military rescue vehicle April 28 while local citizens pushed the limit of the 10 p.m. curfew in Baltimore. Six Baltimore police officers pleaded not guilty to charges related to the death of Freddie Gray. File photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI | <a href="/News_Photos/lp/a4634e70dfb72c74a767c4dfdd969e15/" target="_blank">License Photo</a>
Police in riot gear line up with military rescue vehicle April 28 while local citizens pushed the limit of the 10 p.m. curfew in Baltimore. Six Baltimore police officers pleaded not guilty to charges related to the death of Freddie Gray. File photo by Ken Cedeno/UPI | License Photo

BALTIMORE, June 23 (UPI) -- Six Baltimore police officers have all pleaded not guilty to charges they face related to the fatal injury Freddie Gray sustained while in police custody.

Judge Barry Williams was assigned to preside over the trial Monday and trial dates were scheduled. A motions hearing is set to take place Sept. 2 and the trial for all officers will begin Oct. 13.

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Warren Alperstein, an attorney who represents Baltimore's bar association on the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for Baltimore, told the Baltimore Sun that Williams was a good choice.

"He is a no-nonsense, fair and practical judge who will no doubt control that courtroom," Alperstein said. "The reality of it is there are certain judges that the state would prefer and there are certain judges that the defense would prefer," though Williams is neither.

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"He will not be persuaded by media. He will not be influenced by public sentiment. He will rule as the law will require him to do. Period. There will be no outside influences."

Baltimore City State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby issued a statement Tuesday regarding the start of the trial.

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"We look forward to trying this case before Judge Williams. The defendants have all entered not guilty pleas, which is their right. All defendants in this case are presumed innocent, until, or unless they are found guilty," she said.

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The six officers face a variety charges related to Gray's death April 19.

Officer Caesar Goodson, Jr. was indicted on charges of second-degree depraved heart murder, involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, gross negligence manslaughter by vehicle, criminal negligence manslaughter by vehicle, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment. Goodson faces the most serious punishment of 30 years in prison, if convicted, for the murder charge.

Officer William Porter and Sgt. Alicia White were each indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

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Lt. Brian Rice was indicted on charges of involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Officers Edward Nero and Garrett Miller were each indicted on charges of second-degree assault, two counts of misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Gray, 25, died one week after sustaining a spinal injury while in police custody. An autopsy obtained by the Baltimore Sun on Tuesday described Gray's injury as "high energy," akin to the types of injuries caused in shallow-water diving incidents.

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