(BALTIMORE) — The first police officer on trial for the death of Freddie Gray in Baltimore may take the stand Wednesday.
William Porter faces charges of second-degree assault, involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. He has pleaded not guilty to all of the charges, as have the other five officers charged in the death of Gray, who died while in police custody in April, prompting protests in Baltimore.
The prosecution rested its case against Porter on Tuesday, arguing that Porter did not follow department rules requiring him to secure Gray with a seat belt when he was detained in the back of the police van in April.
As a result, Gray, whose hands and legs were shackled, suffered a severe spinal injury as he was likely tossed about while the van was en route to the police station, the prosecution argued.
Porter is expected to be one of the main witnesses to testify for the defense, though the exact order of the witnesses to be called has not been announced.
The other detainee who was in the van with Gray is expected to take the stand on Friday.
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