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Another Officer Has Been Acquitted In The Freddie Gray Case

Three officers, including Lt. Brian Rice, have now been acquitted in the 25-year-old's death.
Posted at 3:17 PM, Jul 18, 2016

The highest ranking officer to face a bench trial in the death of Freddie Gray will not head to prison.

On Monday, a Baltimore judge acquitted Lt. Brian Rice of involuntary manslaughter, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office, according to Newsy's partners at WMAR. Judge Barry G. Williams said prosecutors didn't prove their case beyond a reasonable doubt

"He indicated that on more than one occasion that the state would love for him to presume or assume things. But in searching for the evidence to support that proposition, it just wasn't there," said Warren Brown, a defense attorney who is not involved in the case.

Rice was the fourth of six officers to stand trial in the death of the 25-year-old who died in police custody in April 2015. Rice, like two of the others facing charges, chose a bench trial.

Williams acquitted the officer facing the most serious charges last month, as well as another officer in May. 

SEE MORE: Caesar Goodson's Verdict Calls Future Freddie Gray Cases Into Question

The first officer to stand trial had a mistrial in December after the jury deadlocked. He's expected to have a retrial in September.

Gray's death sparked protests — some violent — around the U.S. Prosecutors said officers put Gray in the back of a police van after arresting him but didn't restrain him, allowing him to fall and be seriously injured. Gray died a week later.

This video includes clips from ABC and WJZ-TV and images from the Baltimore Police Department and Getty Images.