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Defense rests in Frederick stun-gun death trial

The defense has rested in a federal civil trial in Baltimore stemming from a man’s death after he was shocked twice by a deputy sheriff’s electric stun gun.

The defense rested Monday after calling three witnesses on behalf of former Frederick County Cpl. Rudy Torres. Closing arguments are set for Tuesday.

An expert witness testified that 20-year-old Jarrel Gray was still actively resisting arrest after the first shock, even though he was lying face-down and unresponsive.

Robert Thomas said Torres reasonably perceived Gray as a threat because he didn’t know if Gray was unconscious after the first shock in November 2007. And Thomas said that becasue Gray’s hands weren’t visible, Torres didn’t know if he was concealing a weapon.

Gray’s parents are alleging Torres used excessive force.