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Verdict expected Monday in Freddie Gray-officer trial

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Riots broke out in Baltimore, Maryland, on April 27, 2015, following the funeral of Freddie Gray. Gray, an 25-year-old man, died in police custody on April 19 following an April 12 arrest. Gray's family reached a $6.4 million settlement with the city, a source close to the family said Tuesady, September 8, 2015.

BALTIMORE (AP) — A judge is preparing to hand down his verdict in the case of a Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and subsequent death of Freddie Gray.

Baltimore Circuit Judge Barry Williams is expected to announce a verdict in Officer Edward Nero’s case on Monday.

Officer Edward M. Nero

The 30-year-old faces assault, misconduct in office and reckless endangerment charges.

Gray died last year, a week after his neck was broken while he was handcuffed and shackled, but unrestrained, in the back of a police van.

Prosecutors say Nero unlawfully arrested Gray, and the officer was negligent when he didn’t buckle the prisoner into a seat belt.

Nero’s attorney argues his client didn’t arrest Gray, and that it is the police van driver’s responsibility to buckle in detainees.