While prosecutors begin building their case against six Baltimore police officers charged in the Freddie Gray case, the defense has its work cut out for them. Even though parts of this case doesn't bode well for police, defense lawyers say it is hardly a forgone conclusion.
The officers face numerous charges ranging from manslaughter, assault and misconduct. One of the officers is facing a second-degree murder charge.
Some in the Baltimore community saw this as a step toward justice for Gray, but this case is far from closed.
After the announcement of charges against the six officers, many started cheering in the streets of Baltimore. But this is just the beginning.
"We've only heard one side of the story, and that is the side that has been put out by the prosecutors," said Ted Williams, a defense lawyer and former law enforcement officer.
Williams told us a fair trial is of utmost importance.
"The first thing that most lawyers would do in a case of this nature is to move for a change of venue and the rationale is that the climate there in Baltimore is very highly anti-police right now," he said.
Secondly, Williams said hiring the best forensic experts to analyze Gray's autopsy and toxicology reports is extremely important in this case.
"Let's say there was some PCP are in those reports," he said. "That clearly could show why Freddie Gray acted in the manner in which he did and it could very well of caused him to have some reaction that could have led to his various injuries."
But the strategy the defense will proceed with also depends on what the officers do moving forward.
"She's named six defendants, and so what she is going to try to do is hopefully get some of those defendants to turn on each other," said Williams. "If that does not happen, it's going to be very difficult, I think, for her to make a case against all of these police officers."
The burden of proof lies squarely on the shoulders of the prosecution and we have yet to see how the case will play out.
Of course, the defense has to be able to show the jury there is reasonable doubt.
Legal experts are also pushing for a special prosecutor to be appointed in this case citing statements made by the Baltimore City state's attorney in her press conference last week about specifically "seeking justice for Freddie Gray." Defense attorneys say those statements show her bias in this case.