Could Outcome in Caesar Goodson Trial Spell End for Freddie Gray Case?

The Baltimore prosecutor’s office on Thursday is beginning its highest profile and most pivotal case in the six Freddie Gray trials — the effort to convict Officer Caesar Goodson of “depraved-heart” murder.

And in data exclusively obtained by NBC News, a conviction for Goodson would be the first of its kind in at least a decade.

Failure to net a conviction for Goodson, who was driving the police van when Gray sustained ultimately fatal spinal injuries, could spell an end to Baltimore City State’s Marilyn Mosby’s high-stakes legal gambit to send a message on combating police brutality.

“She has a tremendous amount on the line, her entire career, particularly her credibility,” said former Maryland prosecutor Rene Sandler. “She should take a strong look at the other cases, if there is another acquittal.”