>> A Maryland judge, on Monday, will hand down the first verdict on a Baltimore police officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray. 30-year-old Edward Nero is charged with arresting Gray without justification in April 2015, and then failing to secure him in a transport van where he suffered a broken neck.
During the week-long trial, Nero's lawyers argued that the officer never touched Grey except when trying to help him find an asthma inhaler and lifting him into the van once shackled. The incident triggered nationwide protest and rioting and fueled the Black Lives Matter movement. Nero is the second Baltimore police officer among six to be tried for Gray's death.
He waived his right to a jury trial, giving Judge Barry Williams the power to render a verdict. The trial of the first officer involved in the Gray case, William Porter, ended in a hung jury in December. If convicted on all counts, Nero could be convicted to at least 15 years in prison.