The jury in the trial for William Porter, the Baltimore police officer who was charged in the death of Freddie Gray, almost acquitted him of the most serious charge against him, manslaughter, with the jury split 11-1 in favor of acquittal, the Baltimore Sun reported Friday. The jury could not come to a consensus on the charges last month, leading Judge Barry Williams to declare a mistrial.
On the three other charges against Porter, the split was not as close, sources familiar with the votes told the Sun. The jury was split 8-2 in favor of acquitting Porter of second-degree assault with two jurors undecided. The jury was split 7-3 in favor of conviction on the charge of reckless endangerment, with two undecided jurors, and split 10-1 in favor of conviction of misconduct in office, with one undecided juror.
The judge ruled the names of the jurors should be revealed publicly, but the vote results were not made public after the trial. One juror said some of the jurors on the panel cried during the deliberations.
"I was very touched by the passion that many jurors brought to their arguments," the juror told the Sun.
Porter, the first of six Baltimore police officers charged in Gray’s death, is set for a June retrial, CNN reported. The death of Gray in April as a result of a neck injury while in police custody led to riots and widespread looting in Baltimore, with many questioning how police patrol communities.
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Prosecutors filed motions this week requesting the state force Porter to testify at the trials of three other officers charged in Gray’s death, Garret Miller, Brian Rice and Edward Nero, WBAL-TV, Baltimore, reported. The courts have also granted prosecutors’ motions asking Porter be compelled to testify at the trials of the two other officers, Caesar Goodson Jr. and Alicia White.