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Freddie Gray prosecutions delayed indefinitely by Maryland appeals court

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FILE - In a Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Caesar Goodson, right, arrives at Courthouse East, in Baltimore for a motions hearing ahead of the trial for Goodson, who drove the police transport van where Freddie Gray was critically injured. Prosecutors want William Porter, whose trial ended in a mistrial last month, to testify against Goodson and Sgt. Alicia White. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File) WASHINGTON EXAMINER OUT; MANDATORY CREDIT
FILE – In a Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2016 file photo, Caesar Goodson, right, arrives at Courthouse East, in Baltimore for a motions hearing ahead of the trial for Goodson, who drove the police transport van where Freddie Gray was critically injured. Prosecutors want William Porter, whose trial ended in a mistrial last month, to testify against Goodson and Sgt. Alicia White. (Kim Hairston/The Baltimore Sun via AP, File) 


A Maryland appeals court has delayed the trial of the police van driver charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Jury selection had been set to start Monday in Baltimore in the trial of Caesar Goodson. He’s the second of six officers scheduled for trial. The manslaughter trial of Officer William Porter ended in December with a hung jury.

Goodson’s case has been complicated after a judge ruled last week that Porter must testify against Goodson, despite Porter’s claim that he has a right not to incriminate himself. A state appeals court has temporarily blocked that ruling while its judges consider whether to uphold that decision.

Gray died in April from a broken neck he suffered during a van ride.

There’s no timetable for the next steps in the trial.

Maryland courts spokesman Terri Charles said Monday that Officer Caesar Goodson’s trial is postponed indefinitely, pending further proceedings before the state Court of Special Appeals.

Those are expected to include more written filings from both sides, followed by oral arguments.

Goodson’s trial was expected to begin Monday in Baltimore Circuit Court before the appeals court issued a stay.

Charles says the trial is “stayed until the Court of Special Appeals rules.”

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