- The Washington Times - Thursday, February 18, 2016

The Maryland supreme court has put a halt on all the prosecutions of Baltimore police officers in the Freddie Gray death.

The order from the Court of Appeals came Thursday afternoon, according to the ABC affiliate in Baltimore.

The court wants to decide the issue of whether Officer William Porter has to testify in the cases against the other officers.

A hearing on that issue will be held March 3 and the court ordered both sides of the issue to file two sets of briefs in the next two weeks. Until then, the trial of Officer Edward Nero, which had been scheduled to start Monday, has been delayed, and no other cases may proceed.

The state wants to compel Officer Porter, the first of the officers to be tried, to testify, a move their lawyers are resisting as illegal.

The trial of Officer Porter on manslaughter and other charges ended in a mistrial in December when the jury was deadlocked and could not reach a verdict.

The six officers are accused of playing a role in mistreating Gray during his arrest and his police-wagon ride. Gray suffered a broken neck in police custody and died a week later, prompting some of the worst riots in Baltimore’s history.

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