BALTIMORE, MD (NBC NEWS) — Maryland’s Court of Appeals has placed on hold the trials of three Baltimore officers charged in the death of 25-year-old Freddie Gray.
Trials for the three other officers charged in the case had been previously delayed.
On Thursday, the court of appeals ordered the trials of Lt. Brian Rice and officers Edward Nero and Garrett Miller be delayed until a decision can be made on whether another officer, William Porter, can be forced to testify against them.
Porter went to trial late last year; the trial ended with a hung jury. He was expected to be retried later this year.
Prosecutors still wanted to use Porter’s testimony against the other officers, but Porter’s lawyers say that would violate his fifth amendment rights.
Nero, Rice and Miller are all charged with assault, misconduct and reckless endangerment. Rice is also charged with manslaughter in the death of Gray, who died April 19, 2015, a week after he suffered a broken neck in the back of a police van.
Nero’s trial had been scheduled to begin Monday.