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Verdict expected Monday morning in Nero trial

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Posted at 11:34 PM, May 22, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-23 10:03:50-04

A verdict is expected to be delivered by Judge Barry Williams Monday morning in the trial of  Officer Edward Nero. 

Nero was one of six Baltimore City officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray last year following April's unrest. 

For the past week, both the defense and state prosecutors have presented their cases which included several testimonies.

LIVE UPDATES: Trial of Officer Edward Nero in Freddie Gray case

Officer Nero is facing assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office charges and pleaded not guilty.

Baltimore Defense Attorney Sheryl Wood said, "I think he's thinking the assault charge that it was more civil than criminal so I think we can expect perhaps a not guilty." 

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As far as other charges, "On the reckless endangerment because of the way they charged in with the second stop of the arrest van. The judge may be swayed by the fact that custody may have already transferred to the van driver," Wood said. 

The driver, Officer Caesar Goodson's trial is next, but Attorney Sheryl Wood says Nero could be found not guilty due to the key testimony of Officer Miller.

"They only had a statement from him saying we arrested Freddie Gray but the trial gave him an opportunity to explain what he meant by we and what he actually did versus what Nero actually did." 

The next trial for the officers charged in death of Gray is scheduled for June 6.

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