Published On: Mon, Jul 18th, 2016

Freddie Gray death: Brian Rice cleared of charges

Officer Caesar Goodson, the van driver who was acquitted last month of second-degree depraved heart murder and other charges in Gray’s death, smiled and shook Rice’s hand as the courtroom emptied. The city last week authorized a payment of $87,000 to Goodson as backpay for the time he spent without a paycheck. Rice is likely to also receive back pay.

Officer Edward Nero, who also was acquitted of all charges in May, greeted Rice and his supporters at the front of the room following the ruling.

Officer Garrett Miller was also in the courtroom, sitting with Nero and Goodson. Miller is scheduled to go to trial next, on July 27.

Officer William Porter, who had a mistrial in December after a 12-member jury could not reach a consensus on any of the charges against him, was not present, though his attorney was in the room.

Also not in the room was Sgt. Alicia White, who is scheduled to go to trial Oct. 13. All of the officers have pleaded not guilty.


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