"BALTIMORE — In opening the state’s case against Caesar R. Goodson Jr., the driver of the police van in which Freddie Gray suffered the spinal cord injury that killed him, the prosecutor uttered two crucial words: ‘Rough ride.’
Officer Goodson, the prosecutor said, intended to ‘bounce’ Mr. Gray, a black man, around in the van that morning.
Officer Goodson, who is also black, is facing the toughest charge — second-degree ‘depraved heart’ murder — of the six officers accused in Mr. Gray’s death. And legal experts say the prosecution’s chances of a conviction on that count hinge in large part on being able to prove that Officer Goodson intentionally, and with disregard for his life, drove him dangerously. The defense rested its case Friday, and closing arguments are set for Monday."