The assistant medical examiner testified Friday in the trial of the police officer who was driving the van in which the doctor determined Gray suffered his injuries. She called Freddie Gray’s death a homicide
Dr. Carol Allan stated “with a reasonable degree of medical certainty” that the fatal spinal cord injury that Gray suffered was distinctive. She said it could only happen in a certain way and that it occurred while he was in the van.
Her testimony is key in the prosecution’s case against Baltimore Police Officer Caesar Goodson. The former police officer faces the most serious charges in a controversial case that sparked days of unrest in Baltimore and protests across the country following Gray’s arrest and death in April last year.
Allan said she based her opinion on her autopsy of Gray, interviews with witnesses and an examination of the van. She said Gray was placed face-down on the floor of the van with feet shackled and his hand tied behind his back.