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Murder trial for van driver Goodson in Freddie Gray case wraps for the week

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Posted at 5:28 PM, Jun 10, 2016
and last updated 2018-12-31 17:09:35-05

Testimony has wrapped up in the second day of trial for a police van driver charged with murder in the death of a man whose neck was broken in the back of the transport wagon.

Caesar Goodson is charged with second-degree murder, manslaughter and other offenses stemming from Freddie Gray's death.

The state called Officer Lloyd Sobboh to testify, and showed a video of him demonstrating being placed inside a transport wagon with his hands cuffed and legs shackled as Gray was. Prosecutors also called Brandon Ross and Jamel Baker, two friends of Gray's who witnessed Gray being placed in the wagon. Ross also took a video of Gray's arrest.

Earlier in the day, a medical examiner who did the autopsy on the 25-year-old testified that she never believed his death was an accident.

Dr. Carol Allan testified Friday in the trial of Officer Caesar Goodson, who faces second-degree murder and other charges in the death of Freddie Gray. Gray died a week after his neck was broken in the back of Goodson's police wagon. Goodson is black.

Allan ruled Gray's death a homicide.

Goodson's attorney said Allan told an investigator that Gray's death was a "freakish accident" before meeting with prosecutors and changing her mind.

But Allan testified that "the word accident never crossed my lips."

Prosecutors say Goodson gave Gray a "rough ride," intending to injure him. Goodson's attorneys say the officer did nothing wrong.

Trial will resume Monday.

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