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Updated: Jury Begins Deliberations in Freddie Gray Trial

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BALTIMORE (AP)- A jury has started deliberations in the first trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.
    
The case went to the jury Monday after closing arguments.
    
Officer William Porter is charged with manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. The maximum penalty he faces is about 25 years.
    
Gray died April 19, a week after his neck was broken during a ride in the back of a police van.
    
Prosecutors say Porter was criminally negligent for ignoring a policy requiring officers to strap prisoners in with a seat belt, and for not calling an ambulance immediately after Gray indicated he needed medical aid.
    
The defense says the prosecution's case was based on speculation, not evidence.
    
Five more officers are awaiting trial.
    

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