ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) -- Maryland's highest court will hear oral arguments in several cases of officers charged in the death of 25-year-old black man in Baltimore police custody.
Attorneys Thursday will be representing five of the six officers facing criminal charges in the death of Freddie Gray, whose neck was broken in the back of a police transport van while handcuffed and in leg irons, but not restrained by a seat belt.
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The Maryland Court of Appeals will determine whether Officer William Porter, whose trial ended in a hung jury in November, can be compelled to testify against his colleagues as he awaits retrial. Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams initially ruled that Porter must testify against two other officers, but cannot be forced to take the stand at the trials for three others.