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Baltimore Six File for Change of Venue in Freddie Gray Murder Case

© AP Photo / Baltimore Police Department via AP, FileThese undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department, show Baltimore police officers, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray. A grand jury indicted the six officers, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday, May 21, 2015.
These undated photos provided by the Baltimore Police Department, show Baltimore police officers, top row from left, Caesar R. Goodson Jr., Garrett E. Miller and Edward M. Nero, and bottom row from left, William G. Porter, Brian W. Rice and Alicia D. White, charged with felonies ranging from assault to murder in the police-custody death of Freddie Gray. A grand jury indicted the six officers, State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby said Thursday, May 21, 2015. - Sputnik International
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A change of venue request was filed on Wednesday on behalf of the six officers charged in the murder of 25-year-old Freddie Gray. The 85-page motion claims that the defense will not be able to seat impartial jurors in Baltimore as the events surrounding the case have impacted everyone in the city.

"Any effort through the voir dire process to seat six fair and impartial juries for these Baltimore City Police Officers would be futile given the fact that the events surrounding this case have impacted every citizen of Baltimore," the motion read.

Police in riot gear line up near the scene of Monday's riots ahead of a 10 p.m. curfew Wednesday, April 29, 2015, in Baltimore. The curfew was imposed after unrest in Baltimore over the death of Freddie Gray while in police custody. - Sputnik International
Baltimore Police Want State's Attorney Recused From Freddie Gray Case

The death of Gray on April 19 while in police custody set off protests across the nation and riots in the city of Baltimore.  A curfew was set in place and press and protesters were assaulted with tear gas as the National Guard and thousands of police officers from across the state patrolled the streets.

Peace was restored to the city when Officers Caesar Goodson, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, Brian Rice, Alicia White and William Porter were charged by State Attorney Marilyn Mosby.  The most serious offenses fell on Goodson, who was driving the van.  Goodson is charged with second-degree depraved heart murder, manslaughter, second-degree assault, two counts of vehicular manslaughter, and misconduct in office.

On May 8, a joint motion by the defense also called for Mosby to recuse herself from the case.

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