Lt. Brian Rice Trial Day 1: What You Need to Know

The trial of Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice is scheduled to get under way Thursday morning in a downtown courthouse.

He is the highest ranking of the six police officers charged in the April 2015 arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old who suffered a severe injury in the back of a police van and died a week later.

On Tuesday, during a pretrial hearing, Rice elected for a bench trial, leaving his legal fate in the hands of a judge rather than a jury of city residents.