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Defense rests in Lt. Brian Rice's case

Closing arguments scheduled for Thursday
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Posted at 8:15 AM, Jul 12, 2016
and last updated 2018-12-31 21:55:32-05
BALTIMORE (AP) - The defense rested Tuesday afternoon in the case of Lt. Brian Rice, the fourth Baltimore Police officer to stand trial for the death of Freddie Gray. 
 
Closing arguments are scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Thursday. 
 
The attorneys rested their case a day after a judge dropped an assault charge against Rice.
 
Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams on Monday dismissed the second-degree assault charge against Lt. Brian Rice, the highest-ranking officer charged in the 2015 death of Gray.
 
Rice still faces charges of manslaughter, reckless endangerment and one misconduct charge. A second misconduct charge was dropped when the trial began last week.
 
Williams dropped the assault charge after the prosecution rested its case and Rice's lawyers asked for the judge to acquit him.
 
The judge said the prosecution's basis for the assault charge was that Rice used the van in the alleged assault. Williams ruled that because Rice didn't drive the van, prosecutors had no evidence.
 

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