The Baltimore police officers charged with Freddie Gray's death have received their trial date after pleading not guilty to all charges.
Judge Barry Williams was also assigned to preside of the officers’ trials, the Baltimore Sun reported. Warren Alperstein, an attorney representing the city's bar association, told the paper that the judge has a "no-nonsense reputation" and he will not be persuaded by the media.
"The reality of it is there are certain judges that the state would prefer and there are certain judges that the defense would prefer," he said. "He will not be persuaded by media. He will not be influenced by public sentiment. He will rule as the law will require him to do. Period. There will be no outside influences."
The 25-year-old’s death sparked peaceful protests which eventually turned into riots shortly after his funeral. Mr Gray was arrested on 12 April and died from a severed spine while in police custody on 19 April.
The six Baltimore police officers — Caesar Goodson, Edward Nero, Garrett Miller, William Porter, Brian Rice and Alicia White — are scheduled to be arraigned on 2 July. The officers face charges ranging from reckless endangerment, assault and manslaughter, to second-degree depraved heart murder.
The officers have a motions hearing date set for 2 September and a trial date of 13 October.