Nero, who was charged with reckless endangerment, two counts of official misconduct, and assault*, was accused of unlawfully arresting Gray and with endangering him by placing him in a transport van without a seatbelt.
Nero is second officer tried for Gray’s death, and the first to receive a verdict. The trial of officer William Porter ended with a hung jury in December. Nero opted to receive a bench trial, meaning that his case was decided by a judge, without a jury.
The Sun notes that prosecutors contended that Nero’s allegedly unlawful arrest of Gray, which they said he made without probable cause, constituted an assault. Judge Barry Williams was skeptical of that classification, according to the Sun.
Officer Caesar Goodson Jr, the driver of the transport van, will face trial beginning June 6, followed by the remaining four officers.