State responds to appeals court in Freddie Gray trial

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Posted: Jan 08, 2016 4:09 PM

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Prosecutors are asking an appeals court to side with the state and force an officer to testify at a colleague's trial in the death of Freddie Gray.

The court issued a temporary order Friday that said the Officer William Porter doesn't have to testify against van driver Caesar Goodson, but the judges will reconsider now that prosecutors have responded. They did not immediately rule.

Attorney General Brian Frosh Porter says Porter's hasn't proved that he'll suffer irreparable harm if he's forced to testify.

Porter's trial ended in a hung jury last month and his attorney says testifying at Goodson's trial violates his right to not incriminate himself. Porter's retrial is rescheduled for June. Goodson's second-degree murder trial begins Monday.