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Prosecutors and the defense attorneys representing the six Baltimore Police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray are scheduled to appear in court for a hearing in which the judge will hear arguments on key motions in the case.
One is a defense motion to dismiss the charges against the officers because of prosecutorial misconduct by Baltimore State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby; the second is a motion for Mosby and other prosecutors in her office to be recused from the case.
Both sides are also expected to debate whether the officers should be tried together or separately.
The pre-trial motions hearing is scheduled for 9:30 a.m. at the Circuit Court for Baltimore City, Courthouse East, 111 N. Calvert St.
Arrest made as protesters near Inner Harbor, police urge ‘remain on sidewalk’
At least one person has been arrested as a group of protesters gathered near the Inner Harbor Wednesday, as pre-trial hearings are underway in the Freddie Gray case.
Baltimore police ordered protesters in the area of Pratt and Calvert streets to "remain on the sidewalk." The group has roughly 50 to 75 people, according to police.
"We have protesters in the area of Pratt and Calvert Streets," police reported on Facebook. "They blocked the roadway briefly. They have since been given direction to move out of the roadway. ... An arrest has been made."
Police clarified that a taser was not utilized in making the arrest.
In a victory for city State's Attorney Marilyn J. Mosby, a judge on Wednesday denied motions to dismiss charges against six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray and to recuse Mosby's office from the case.
The hearing will resume at 2 p.m. when prosecutors and defense attorneys are expected to argue if the trial against the officers should be split up.
The ruling by Judge Barry Williams came shortly after prosecutors and defense attorneys returned to court at 11:15 a.m., following arguments by prosecutors and defense attorneys in the first pre-trial motions hearing in the case.
The arguments largely centered around the actions of Mosby and others in her office. The dismissal motion focused on statements Mosby made while announcing the charges against the officers on May 1 in front of the Baltimore War Memorial. The arguments on the recusal motion focused on the role Mosby and prosecutors played in her office's independent investigation of Gray's death.
Judge Barry Williams at times cut off both the defense attorneys and prosecutors arguing their points.