He is the first of six police officers to go on trial in the high-profile case. Williams' decision on a mistrial prompted protests but police reported a peaceful night. David Jaros, an associate law professor at the University of Baltimore, said prosecutors likely still wanted to try Porter first so that he could later testify against Officer Caesar Goodson, the van driver.
Gray's death in April from a broken neck suffered in a police van after an arrest triggered rioting in the mainly black city of 620,000 people. Goodson's trial on charges that include second-degree murder is set to start Jan. The mistrial "leaves the state in a difficult position," Jaros said.
The seven black and five white jurors told the judge Tuesday they were deadlocked.
After further deliberations Wednesday, they said they remained at an impasse on all four charges, including involuntary manslaughter.
"The state's attorneys need Porter to place Goodson in the narrative of what happened to Freddie Gray."Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake, in an interview with MSNBC, said she was not in a position to judge whether city prosecutor Marilyn Mosby had rushed to file charges as Baltimore was in turmoil following Gray's death."I think that's the judgment of the public to make as a result of how these cases bear out,” she said.
Porter, who like Gray is black, was charged for neglecting to seat-belt him in the transport van and failing get Gray medical help when he asked for it.
Photo: Getty Images BALTIMORE—A judge declared a mistrial in the criminal trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray in April.MOUNT VERNON — A jury was unable to come to a unanimous verdict on a charge of child endangering brought in a one-day trial Thursday against a Mount Vernon man.After a four-hour deliberation, the jury seated to hear a child endangering charge in Mount Vernon Municipal Court against Roger W.Legg, 52, was declared a hung jury by Judge John Thatcher.
She said Williams and the lawyers could meet again on the trial issue.
Porter faces involuntary manslaughter and other charges. Legal experts have said the outcome of the Baltimore trials could influence U. prosecutors in bringing similar charges in cases of alleged police brutality.