Porter ordered to testify against Goodson

Posted at 10:52 AM, Jan 06, 2016

A judge ordered Baltimore Police Officer William Porter to testify against fellow Officer Caesar Goodson in his second-degree murder trial. 

The ruling from Judge Barry G. Williams prompted defense attorneys for Porter, whose own trial ended with a hung jury last month, to say they will argue for an injunction Thursday in the Maryland Court of Special Appeals.

Goodson is the second of six Baltimore Police officers to stand trial for the death of Freddie Gray last April while Gray was in police custody. 

In pre-trial motions Wednesday, Williams also ruled Goodson's trial will remain in Baltimore.

“I still have faith in the system,” Williams said.

The jury will also remain anonymous, and will not be sequestered, Williams ruled.

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Prosecutors are planning to use Porter's testimony against Goodson and Sgt. Alicia White. But Porter's attorneys filed a motion on Monday saying that he plans to invoke his Fifth Amendment protections against self-incrimination and refuse to testify.

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In Porter’s trial, his defense repeatedly tried to shift the blame to Goodson, saying he was ultimately responsible for getting medical help for Gray because he was driving the van.

Goodson is charged with second-degree “depraved heart” murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

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