Trial begins for officer charged in Freddie Gray case

2016-05-12 13:54
Baltimore Police Officer Edward M Nero walks with his attorneys to Courthouse East before hearing in Baltimore. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun, AP)

Baltimore Police Officer Edward M Nero walks with his attorneys to Courthouse East before hearing in Baltimore. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun, AP)

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Baltimore – One of six Baltimore officers who face charges stemming from the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray is going on trial on Thursday.

Officer Edward Nero faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges. Nero, along with two other officers, arrested Gray after making eye contact with him and chasing him in West Baltimore last year.

Gray was placed in handcuffs and put in the back of a police transport van, where he suffered a critical spinal injury. He died a week later.

Nero opted for a bench trial, rather than a jury trial. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams indicated that the trial will take about five days.

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