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Jury begins deliberations in Freddie Gray trial, adjourns without verdict

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BALTIMORE (AP) -- A jury has started deliberations in the first trial of a Baltimore police officer charged in the arrest and death of Freddie Gray.

Jurors adjourned for the night without reaching a verdict in the trial of an officer charged in the death of Freddie Gray.

The jurors started their deliberations about 2:30 p.m. Monday and their discussions for the day concluded about three hours later.

The will resume deliberations Tuesday in the manslaughter trial of Officer William Porter.

Prosecutors say Porter abused his power by failing to save Gray's life after the man was injured in the back of a police van. Defense attorneys countered that "there is literally no evidence" that Porter caused Gray's death and the case is focused on conjecture and speculation, rather than facts and evidence.

The case went to the jury Monday after closing arguments.

Officer William Porter is charged with manslaughter, assault, reckless endangerment and misconduct in office. The maximum penalty he faces is about 25 years.

Gray died April 19, a week after his neck was broken during a ride in the back of a police van.

Prosecutors say Porter was criminally negligent for ignoring a policy requiring officers to strap prisoners in with a seat belt, and for not calling an ambulance immediately after Gray indicated he needed medical aid.

The jury in the Freddie Gray case has sent its first questions to the judge, asking for transcripts of police dispatcher tapes and a police interview with Officer William Porter, who is on trial.

A court spokeswoman said the judge denied the request, since no transcripts were introduced as evidence, but jurors are welcome to review the audio and video.

Jurors also asked for definitions of terms from jury instructions. The terms are "evil motive," "bad faith" and "not honestly." They relate to jury instructions for the misconduct in office charge Porter faces.

As for the definitions, the judge said he could not expand on his jury instructions.

The jury also indicated it wanted to adjourn at 5:30 p.m. Monday. It began deliberations about three hours earlier.

The defense says the prosecution's case was based on speculation, not evidence.

Five more officers are awaiting trial.

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