Judge Barry Williams ruled during a bench trial on Monday morning that Lt. Brian Rice was not guilty of all charges against him, according to The Baltimore Sun. Rice is the highest ranking officer involved in the case.
Rice, 42, was acquitted of the following charges: involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment, and misconduct in office. According to The Sun, Judge Williams previously dropped a second-degree assault charge and prosecutors dismissed a second misconduct charge in the beginning of the trial.
Based on Judge Williams’ ruling, prosecutors failed to prove Rice acted negligently and knew of the risks associated with not securing Gray’s seatbelt during his arrest on April 12, 2015.
Rice’s attorney’s said their client acted reasonably given the tension at the scene and Gray’s “combativeness,” according to The Sun. “Everything about it was professional, correct,” said Michael Belsky, Rice’s attorney, during closing arguments.
Prosecutors haven’t secured a conviction in the Freddie Gray case, which leads many to believe renewed calls will surface for Baltimore State Attorney Marilyn Mosby to drop all charges against the remaining officers.
Officer Garrett Miller’s trial will begin on July 27, while Sgt. Alicia White’s trial is scheduled for Oct. 13.
SOURCES: The Baltimore Sun | PHOTO CREDIT: Getty
Third Officer Acquitted Of All Charges In Freddie Gray Case was originally published on newsone.com
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