Closing arguments set for Baltimore police officer’s trial

BALTIMORE (AP) — Closing arguments are scheduled in the trial of a Baltimore police officer charged with murder in the death of a black prisoner whose neck was broken in a transport van.

Attorneys will make their arguments Monday morning in the case against Officer Caesar Goodson, who was the driver of the van.

Prosecutors contend Goodson gave a rough ride to 25-year-old Freddie Gray when he was handcuffed and shackled in the back of the van. Defense attorneys say Goodson did nothing wrong.

Goodson declined to testify on his behalf Friday, when testimony ended on the seventh day of the trial.

Judge Barry Williams is presiding over the bench trial. Prosecutors have yet to win a conviction in the case. Goodson is the third of six officers charged in the case to go to trial.

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