Lt. Brian Rice Found NOT GUILTY on ALL Charges! More to Come
Prosecutors in Baltimore have failed for the fourth time to secure a conviction in theFreddie Gray case, with Circuit Judge Barry Williams acquitting Lt. Brian Rice of all charges related to Gray’s arrest and death.
Williams cleared Rice, 42, of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office in a downtown Baltimore courtroom on Monday morning. The judge had dismissed a second-degree assault charge at the trial’s midpoint, and prosecutors dropped a second misconduct charge at the start.
Rice selected a bench trial rather than a jury trial, putting his legal fate in Williams’ hands. He was was fourth of six officers charged in the case to go to trial.
Williams previously acquitted two other officers — Edward Nero and Caesar Goodson Jr.— of all charges in May and June, respectively. A fourth officer, William Porter, had a mistrial in December after a 12-member jury could not reach a consensus on any of the charges against him.