The Baltimore police officer who drove the transport vehicle in Freddie Gray’s death and stands charged with murder has chosen a bench trial over a trial by jury.
Officer Caeser Goodson Jr. is the third officer to face trial for Gray’s death in which he suffered a broken neck while in custody. Neither of the first two officers have been found guilty, with the first officer having a mistrial and the second being found not guilty.
Goodson’s decision to be judged by Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams took place at today’s pre-trial hearing. Goodson’s choice follows that of officer Edward Nero, who was acquitted on all charges, and had opted for a bench trial by Judge Barry Williams as well.
The full list of charges Goodson faces include second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges in the death of Freddie Gray.