- The Washington Times - Thursday, December 17, 2015

Confusion spawned by a mistrial in the criminal case against a Baltimore police officer, one of six charged in connection with the death of Freddie Gray, hung over the city Thursday with prosecutors providing no explanation as to whether they will pursue a retrial.

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys met Thursday morning with Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams to discuss the case against Officer William Porter. The scheduling conference took place a day after a jury was unable to reach a unanimous decision as to whether or not Officer Porter was guilty of manslaughter and three other charges brought against him.

Nothing conclusive came out of the meeting, said Maryland judiciary spokeswoman Terri Charles. Additional scheduling conferences for Officer Porter and other defendants are expected in coming days, she said.

Both prosecutors and defense attorneys are bound from talking about the case by a gag order.

Five other police officers were charged in connection with the death of Gray, who was critically injured in April while handcuffed in the back of a police van.

The next related case scheduled to go to trial in January is that of Officer Caesar Goodson Jr., the driver of the van. Officer Porter was expected to be called as a witness in the case, something prosecutors will be unable to do if charges are still pending against him.

It was unclear whether prosecutors might attempt to reschedule the cases in order to retry Officer Porter first, or if they might consider dropping the charges against him in order to move forward quickly.

• Andrea Noble can be reached at anoble@washingtontimes.com.

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