Officer must testify against colleagues in Freddie Gray case

FILE - This Friday, May 1, 2015 file photo provided by the Baltimore Police Department shows William G. Porter, one of six Baltimore city police officers charged in connection to the death of Freddie Gray. Prosecutors and defense attorneys are scheduled to deliver closing arguments in Porter's trial Monday, Dec. 14, 2015. He is charged with manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. (Baltimore Police Department via AP, File)

BALTIMORE (AP) — Maryland’s highest court has ruled that a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray must testify against his colleagues while he awaits retrial.

The Court of Appeals issued a ruling Tuesday siding with prosecutors who asked a judge to compel William Porter to testify against the five other officers facing charges stemming from Gray’s death. Porter’s first trial ended in a hung jury in December.

The rulings affirmed Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams’ decision to force Porter to testify against two of the officers and reversed the judge’s decision that Porter did not have to testify against the three other officers.

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