Potential jurors in Officer Porter's trial screened for connections to hundreds of people amid Freddie Gray investigation
About 200 people have been named as potential witnesses or stakeholders in the trial of the first of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, a list that is a sprawling catalog of law enforcement officers, witnesses to Gray's arrest and some of his friends from West Baltimore.
Fired city police commissioner Anthony W. Batts is on the list, as are two of the lead police investigators on the case: Maj. Stanley Brandford and Detective Syreeta Teel.
The list also includes people on the scene the morning of Gray's arrest, including Davonte Roary, Brandon Ross and Michelle Gross. There's also Donta Allen, the man who rode in the back of the same police van as Gray.
The list does not represent the total number of people who will be called to testify, legal experts said, but is an attempt to include anyone who could possibly be relevant to either prosecutors or the defense to avoid surprises during the high-profile trial, which is expected to begin with opening statements Wednesday.
"The 200 names you heard rattled off should probably be the entire universe for this case," said a former city prosecutor, Kurt Nachtman.
DAY THREE: The trial of William G. Porter, one of six Baltimore police officers charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray, is poised to begin Wednesday after a 12-person jury of city residents is seated, according to court officials.
What is happening today?
Jury selection is expected to wrap up Wednesday morning, which could mean that opening statements could get under way before the end of the day.
Opening statement from prosecutors and defense attorneys are likely to provide new details about both the state's case against Porter and his defense.
How did we get to this point?
The panel's selection and each side's opening statements in the trial will come after two days of jury proceedings Monday and Tuesday, during which Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry G. Williams, prosecutors and defense attorneys questioned members of a 150-person jury pool in an attempt to weed out those deemed biased.
The start of the trial in Baltimore also follows months of arguments from defense attorneys that a fair jury cannot possibly be seated in the city, given the high profile of the case and its impact on local residents.
How will they finalize the jury?
The remaining potential jurors from Monday and Tuesday's pools will be reduced to the 12-person jury panel and a small group of alternates Wednesday.
That reduction will occur at least in part through the four "peremptory strikes" that both the prosecutors and Porter's attorneys can make to remove jurors not previously eliminated for a specific cause.
A court spokeswoman said she did not know how many potential jurors would be called back to the court on Wednesday or how many had been dismissed as of Tuesday.
What do we know about the potential jury?
Based on open-court questioning of the jury pools Monday and Tuesday, everyone seated on the panel jury will have prior knowledge of the case and the citywide curfew that went into effect during the unrest.
Most, if not all, will be aware of the $6.4 million civil settlement that the city has agreed to pay Gray's family.
Two people in Tuesday's pool of potential jurors stood when asked if they knew Gray. It was unclear whether they had been dismissed.
Can attorneys still ask for the trial to be moved?
Porter's attorneys are likely to ask again on Wednesday for the trial to be moved out of the city, in part to place their objections to a city trial on the record for a possible appeal.
DAY TWO: A second pool of about 75 potential jurors was questioned Tuesday in the effort to seat a jury for the trial of Baltimore Police Officer William Porter in the death of Freddie Gray.
Tuesday's process was nearly identical to the first day of jury selection Monday, with potential jurors being asked the same questions from Judge Barry G. Williams, and all indicating they were familiar with the case.
Here's what happened Tuesday:
-- Like Monday, the potential jurors were questioned as a group in open court and then some were questioned individually in private.
-- Each member of the 75-person pool said they were aware of Gray's death and the citywide curfew imposed in response to the unrest that followed.
-- Two people in the jury pool stood when asked if they knew Freddie Gray.
-- A court spokeswoman announced that court will reconvene at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday, when the panel of 12 jurors and a number of alternates is expected to be finalized.
What's next: Jury selection is expected to wrap up Wednesday morning, which could mean that opening statements could get under way Wednesday afternoon.