In what was the most important pre-trial ruling in the prosecution of the six police offices accused of killing Freddie Gray, Baltimore Circuit Court Judge Barry Williams decided that the trial would continue in Baltimore. He wanted to go to jury selection to see if an impartial jury could be selected in Baltimore saying it was wrong to “assume they cannot be fair.” The judge said that the defense had failed to prove that the officers cannot receive a fair trial in Baltimore city saying in his ruling “The citizens of Baltimore are not monolithic. They think for themselves.” Protesters arrived early at the courthouse. There were concerns among protesters that is the judge moved the trial to the suburbs that a conviction would be impossible to achieve. If the decision had gone the other way and the trial had been moved out of the city protests against the decision would have been likely.