The defense motion for the charges to be dropped is denied by Circuit Court Judge Williams. Defense attorneys had sought to drop the charges because of prosecutorial misconduct on the part of State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby. said that while he was “troubled” by some of the comments Mosby made during a May 1 news conference, they did not compromise the defendants’ right to a fair trial. The judge also deniess a motion to recuse Mosby and her staff due to what defense attorneys characterized as conflicts of interest.
Orders separate trials
Williams orders separate trials for the defendants. He rejects a prosecution motion that Officer Goodson, the van driver; Officer Nero, who had helped arrest Gray; and Sergeant White, who was an on-duty supervisor, should be tried together and the other three separately.
Having Officers Goodson and Nero together is not in the interest of justice.