The Latest on Freddie Gray: Jury may be seated Wednesday

Freddie Gray
Freddie Gray (Courtesy: ABC News)

BALTIMORE (AP) — The latest on the trial of a police officer accused in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who suffered a spinal injury in the back of a transport van (all times local):

4:10 p.m.

Jury selection has recessed for the day in the manslaughter trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams sent 75 prospective jurors home shortly after 4 p.m. Tuesday. He said some received instructions to return Wednesday, when the process will continue.

Some of the potential jurors from a group screened Monday also have been instructed to return Wednesday. Court spokeswoman Terri Charles says the jury of 12, plus several alternates, may be chosen that day.

Officer William Porter is charged with manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Gray was a 25-year-old black man who died of a critical spinal injury he suffered on April 12 in the back of a police van.

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2:35 p.m.

Jury selection has resumed for the trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers facing criminal charges stemming from the death of Freddie Gray.

After a lunch recess Tuesday, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams called more potential jurors into a private conference room for individual questioning. They are among 75 who reported for duty, the second such group in two days.

Sixty-eight of the prospective jurors Tuesday were slated for individual interviews after indicating they might have some sort of bias or medical or personal issue that could disqualify them from service.

Some of the potential jurors screened Monday and Tuesday will advance to another round of the process Wednesday. Court spokeswoman Terri Charles says the jury of 12, plus several alternates, may be chosen that day.
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11:10 a.m.

A judge will begin calling potential jurors into a conference room one by one during the second day of jury selection in the trial of Officer William Porter.

He is one of six police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, a 25-year-old black man who died of a spinal injury he suffered in custody.

On Tuesday, Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams questioned a pool of about 75 prospective jurors, and 46 indicated that they have been a victim of or suspect in a crime, been incarcerated or have criminal charges pending against them. Two potential jurors said they personally knew Gray, while 14 people indicated that they have family members who work in law enforcement.

On Monday, Williams individually interviewed more than 60 potential jurors. Williams told the prospective jurors in the pool of 75 to return to court on Wednesday unless notified in the interim that they have been dismissed.

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This story corrects the time of the first item to a.m., not p.m.

9:50 a.m.

Jury selection has entered its second day in the trial of William Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams is bringing in a second set of about 75 prospective jurors Tuesday after questioning a group of similar size Monday. Court spokeswoman Terri Charles says some members from both groups will be brought back Wednesday.

Porter is charged with manslaughter, assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment.

Gray was a 25-year-old black man who died of a critical spinal injury he suffered on April 12 in the back of a police van.

Prosecutors say Porter failed to render aid to Gray, who repeatedly asked for medical attention.

His death prompted widespread protests and rioting.

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