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Freddie Gray trial: Deadlocked jurors told to keep on

Jurors in William Porter trial are deadlocked (Photo CNN)

Jurors considering the trial of a Baltimore police officer in Freddie Gray’s death told the judge once that they were deadlocked. Time will tell if a third day of deliberations will bring a change.

The jury resumed its talks Wednesday morning in the trial of Officer William Porter, one of six officers charged in the death of Gray, a 25-year-old black man who broke his neck in April while being transported in a police van, shackled but not wearing a seat belt.

Gray’s death a week after his injury sparked demonstrations and riots and made him a symbol of the black community’s distrust of police. The outcome of Porter’s trial could have a domino effect on the other officers’ cases.

The jury on Tuesday afternoon told a judge that they’d been been unable to reach an unanimous decision on Porter’s charges, but the judge asked them to keep at it.

By the time they resumed their talks Wednesday morning, the jurors — three black men, four black women, three white women and two white men — had deliberated for nearly 11 hours. They began Monday, 12 days after testimony started.

If the trial ends with a hung jury, prosecutors would have the opportunity to try the case again.

“This would be a game changer,” CNN legal analyst Sunny Hostin said.

A hung jury may result in a decision to change the venue of the trial, she said, and could affect the cases of the five officers who have yet to be tried, because prosecutors will have planned “to use a lot of this evidence against the [other] defendants.”


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