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Trial begins for van driver in Freddie Gray case

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Posted at 8:30 AM, Jun 09, 2016
and last updated 2018-12-31 17:30:04-05

Judge Barry G. Williams denied a motion to dismiss the case against Officer Caesar Goodson Thursday, but not before scolding prosecutors for not turning over key evidence. 

State's attorneys did not turn over a second interview with Donta Allen, the other man in the van with Freddie Gray. 

Williams called that a "clear violation" for the state." 

"I don't understand how you don't see that," Williams said from the bench. 

Opening arguments in the trial for the third police officer charged with murder in the death of Gray began Thursday.

Goodson faces second-degree murder, manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges stemming from Gray's death.

Prosecutors say Goodson was ultimately responsible for Gray's well-being and was so negligent in failing to call a medic for Gray or buckle the man into a seat belt that his inaction amounts to a crime.

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Goodson waived his right to a jury trial and instead will leave his fate up to Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams.

Gray died April 19 of last year, a week after he suffered a critical spinal injury in Goodson's wagon.

WMAR Staff contributed to this report.

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