(BALTIMORE) — The 12 person jury and set of four alternates has been selected for the first trial in connection to the death of Freddie Gray.
Jury selection for the trial of William Porter, the first of six Baltimore police officers facing criminal charges for Gray’s death, started Monday and finished early Wednesday, with opening statements beginning shortly.
Porter faces second-degree assault, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office charges. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, as have the other five officers.
Gray died in April from a severe spinal injury while in custody when he was arrested after fleeing from police. Porter allegedly failed to get medical help for Gray as the transport vehicle carrying the suspect made several stops in Baltimore after picking him up on the way to the police station.
Porter’s defense attorneys have made repeated requests, without success, to move the trial out of Baltimore, arguing that the jury pool would be tainted because of its proximity to the incident.
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