Officer Caesar Goodson was the police transport van driver who the Baltimore prosecutor Marilyn Mosby has charge with murder. However, the case is beginning to collapse because as outlined last year the evidence simply isn’t there.
Not only is the evidence not there, exculpatory evidence hidden by the prosecutors continues to diminish their sketchy foundation for the charges.
Last week Judge Barry Williams was put into a difficult position by the State of Maryland when it was discovered the Baltimore prosecutors office had withheld exculpatory evidence, known legally as “Brady evidence”, from the defense team. This was the third time Mosby’s team had been caught manipulating evidence. Williams was not happy.
Judge Williams warned the prosecution team and instructed them to go back through all of their evidence and give the defense all evidence, especially anything that might be considered “Brady Evidence”.
Today, as a result of those instructions, the prosecution turned over a statement from an investigative detective showing the medical examiner was initially intent on determining the cause of death to be “an accident“. The ME changed her position and later ruled Gray’s death a homicide.
Normally such police notes about a statement would not be admissible due to the inability of the content to be cross-examined. However, due to the malfeasance of the prosecution team Judge Williams allowed the evidence to fashion a remedy of sorts for the the defense. –Baltimore Sun has expanded explanation–
With doubts now seeded about the actual cause of death the primary evidence against Officer Goodson appears to be collapsing. In addition, Baltimore prosecutors had claimed the contributing element was a “rough ride” from Goodson, but they have been unable to introduce any evidence to support that claim.
Another person inside the transport van, Donte Allen, has also previously told investigators the ride was uneventful. Allen is the same person who told investigators he heard Freddie Gray banging around trying to injure himself.