A Baltimore court will hear pretrial arguments on Wednesday in the case against six U.S. police officers accused in the death of a black man from an injury in police custody.
The death of Freddie Gray, 25, in April drew worldwide attention when it triggered protests and a day of rioting, arson and looting. The case became part of a national debate on police treatment of minorities in the United States.
The hearing before Baltimore City Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams will center on defense motions seeking dismissal of the charges and removal of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby and other prosecutors from the case. Attorneys also will debate whether the officers should be tried together or separately.
Prosecutors have disparaged the defense request for dismissal and for Mosby to step aside. “The motion bounces from one ridiculous allegation to another, like a pinball on a machine far past ‘TILT’,” they wrote in a filing.