Judge refuses to drop charges, remove prosecutor in Baltimore police case
BALTIMORE - Judge Barry Williams rejected a defense motion asking for the Office of the State's Attorney to be removed from the Freddie Gray case. The decision came at a pretrial hearing Wednesday, shortly after Williams had denied a defense motion seeking to have the charges dropped.
Williams said that while he was "troubled" by some of the comments prosecutor Marilyn Mosby made during a May 1 news conference, they did not compromise the defendants' right to a fair trial.
Williams said prosecutors' chief responsibility is to investigate and prosecute cases, and that the office conducted an independent investigation is not unusual.
Williams also said the assertion that Mosby's judgment was impacted by the fact that her husband, Nick Mosby, is a councilman in a district that experienced a disproportionate amount of violence during the riots that Gray's death sparked is "condescending. Being married to a councilman is not a reason for recusal."
Gray, a 25-year-old black man, died a week after suffering a severe spinal cord injury while in police custody on April 12. Six police officers face charges in the case.
Williams was to hear arguments later Wednesday about whether the officers should be tried separately or together.