Baltimore Judge Barry Williams denied a defense motion brought by the six officers charged in connection to Freddie Gray’s death, clearing the way for a trial. Gray died in April of a broken neck he sustained while in police custody, sparking months of protests across the city.

During the hearing, the officers’ attorneys asked Williams to drop the charges, accusing Maryland state prosecutor Marilyn Mosby of misconduct.

Andrew Graham, the lawyer for Officer Caesar Goodson, argued Mosby’s press conference announcing the charges was “reckless and unprofessional” and said her comments that day amounted to a “pep rally calling for payback.”

While Judge Williams called some of Mosby’s comments troubling, he didn’t think they would taint a jury.

Officers Goodson, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, William Porter, as well as Lt. Brian Rice and Sgt. Alicia White, face second-degree assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office charges. Goodson has also been charged with second-degree murder, and Rice, Porter and White face manslaughter charges.

Protesters rallied at the courthouse, calling for justice for Freddie Gray along with others who have died while in police custody.

During the hearing, Williams also refused a motion from the defense asking that Mosby be removed from the case because her husband is a Baltimore city councilmen. Next up, the judge will decide if the six officers will be tried together or separately.

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