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Maryland Court: Officer Porter Must Testify in Freddie Gray Case

by Halimah Abdullah /
Officer William Porter, right, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray, arrives at a courthouse as jury deliberations continue in his trial, Wednesday, Dec. 16, 2015, in Baltimore Md. Jose Luis Magana / AP

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A Maryland Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that Baltimore police officer William Porter must testify against five other fellow cops charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Porter was charged with manslaughter, second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in the April 19 death of Gray, 25, a week after his neck was broken during a ride in the back of a police van.

Related: Judge Declares Mistrial of Baltimore Cop in Freddie Gray Case

The status of those trials had been on hold for weeks as lawyers debated whether Porter, whose own trial was declared a mistrial in December, would have to testify against his colleagues. Porter’s testimony was seen by prosecutors as critical to moving forward in the case against Caesar Goodson Jr., who was driving the van.

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