3rd Cop Will be Tried by Judge, Not Jury, in Freddie Gray Death Two other officers have already been acquitted in bench trials By Michael Harthorne, Newser Staff Posted Jul 5, 2016 2:35 PM CDT 24 comments Comments Baltimore Police Lt. Brian Rice will be tried by a judge, rather than a jury, in the death of Freddie Gray. (Jerry Jackson/Baltimore Sun via AP) (Newser) – After seeing the results of the three previous trials of Baltimore Police officers charged in the death of Freddie Gray, Lt. Brian Rice has decided to be tried by a judge rather than a jury, the Baltimore Sun reports. According to WBAL, the two other officers tried in bench trials were acquitted. The one officer to submit to a jury trial will be retried after a hung jury. Rice is the highest-ranking officer charged in the death of Gray, who sustained a neck injury while in the back of a police van in April 2015. Rice is accused of failing to put a seat belt around Gray. He's pleaded not guilty to involuntary manslaughter, second-degree assault, and lesser charges. His trial is scheduled to start Thursday. Two more officers are still awaiting trial.