Judge: William Porter needn’t testify in fellow Baltimore cop’s trial, for now
A Maryland appeals court judge ruled Friday that Baltimore police Officer William Porter doesn’t need to testify — at least for now — in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr.
Those two officers, as well as four others, were charged in the April 2015 death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who suffered a fatal neck injury after being shackled without a seat belt in a police van. His death spurred vigorous protests as well as riots that rattled Baltimore.
Porter was the first of the six city police officers to stand trial, one that ended last month in a mistrial. His retrial is scheduled for June.
In the meantime, Goodson — who drove the transport van carrying Gray — is next up. Jury selection in his case is set to start Monday.
On Wednesday, Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams ordered Porter to testify under limited immunity granted by prosecutors in the trials of both Goodson and Sgt. Alicia White.
Porter’s defense team filed an appeal the next day. In his decision Friday, Maryland appeals court Judge Peter Krauser noted that prosecutors have “not as yet had an opportunity to respond to this 38-page motion.”
Krauser then “ordered that the circuit court’s order requiring William Porter to testify be … stayed pending … a decision by this Court on (Porter’s) motion.”
By Aaron Cooper and Greg Botelho