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Freddie Gray investigation turned over to prosecutor

Report: A prisoner in the same van said he thinks Freddie Gray was trying to hurt himself

Holly Yan and Eliott C. McLaughlin | 4/30/2015, 2:19 p.m.
The Maryland state's attorney for Baltimore said Thursday that the report she received from Baltimore police on their investigation into ...
Freddie Gray was in perfect health until police chased and tackled him in Baltimore over a week ago, his lawyer said. Less than an hour later, he was on his way to a trauma clinic with a spinal injury, where he fell into a coma. (Photo: Family of Freddie Gray)

— Police have handed their Freddie Gray investigative files over to prosecutors a day earlier than planned, police officials said Thursday, adding that newly discovered evidence in the case indicates the transport van made a previously unreported stop before delivering Gray to the precinct.

Following the announcement, the state's attorney for Baltimore confirmed she had received the report and said that while police have regularly briefed her office on their findings, her team has been conducting its own independent probe into Gray's April 19 death after his arrest a week earlier.

"While we have and will continue to leverage the information received by the department, we are not relying solely on their findings but rather the facts that we have gathered and verified," prosecutor Marilyn Mosby said. "We ask for the public to remain patient and peaceful and to trust the process of the justice system."

Investigators delivered their report early because "I understand the frustration. I understand the urgency," police Commissioner Anthony Batts said.

"This does not mean that the investigation is over. If new evidence is found, we will follow it," he added. "Getting to the right answer is more important than speed."

At the same press conference, Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis revealed for the first time that there was a fourth stop made between the time Gray was placed in the transport van and when he arrived at the police department's Western District building.

Last week, Davis said there were three stops: the first to put leg irons on Gray, the second "to deal with Mr. Gray" (an incident, he said, that remained under investigation) and the third to pick up a prisoner in an unrelated matter.

The new stop, which "was discovered from a privately owned camera," Davis said Thursday, came between the first and second stops.

The latest revelations came shortly after two new accounts of what happened to Gray emerged -- threads that could offer clues as to where and when the man whose death sparked protests in Baltimore was fatally injured.

The first comes from a relative of one of the officers involved in the arrest. She told CNN the officer thinks Gray was injured while he was being arrested -- before he was put inside a police van.

The second is an account from a prisoner who was in the same police van, as published in The Washington Post. The prisoner reportedly told investigators he thought Gray "was intentionally trying to injure himself."

Source: Officer believes Gray injured during arrest

The woman who spoke to CNN did so on the condition of anonymity. She is related to the officer but said the officer didn't request the interview.

The relative said she worries all six of the officers who encountered Gray, 25, during his April 12 arrest will be incriminated when only some might be responsible.

"Six officers did not injure this man," she said. "Six officers didn't put him in the hospital. I'm worried that instead of them figuring out who did, that six officers are going to be punished behind something that maybe one or two or even three officers may have done to Freddie Gray."