The First Trial Of Police Officers Charged In Freddie Gray's Death Has A Deadlocked Jury

The judge sent them back to continue deliberating and told them their decision 'must be unanimous.'

The jury in the case of William Porter -- the first of the six police officers charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray -- reported that they were in a deadlock on Tuesday (Dec. 15) afternoon, the Baltimore Sun reports, as jurors reach the end of their second day of deliberations.

According to the The Sun, the jury sent a note around 3:30 p.m., after nine hours of deliberating, indicating that they were in a deadlock.

"The jury did not elaborate on whether they are split on all or some of the charges, or which way the panel is leaning," the Sun reports, referring to the charges of second-degree assault, manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office that Porter faces.

They paper adds that the jury had been directed to reach a "unanimous decision" by judge Barry Williams and they were sent back to deliberate until 5:30 p.m. with plans to continue on Wednesday if they still couldn't reach that unanimous verdict.

Freddie Gray died several hours after suffering severe injuries while in the custody of Baltimore Police in April of 2015, launching numerous protests and demonstrations around the country and in the city of Baltimore. Six officers (including Porter) were charged in early May by State Attorney Marilyn Mosby after investigations found that Gray, as previously reported, was "improperly arrested on April 12 because officers had no probable cause to detain him."

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