Jurors Resume Deliberations In Daniel Holtzclaw Trial

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Latest: Jurors Resume Deliberating Oklahoma Officer’s Case.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – The latest on the trial of a former police officer in Oklahoma City who has been accused by 13 women of rape or sexual assault (all times are local): A jury in Oklahoma City has resumed its deliberations in the trial of a former police officer accused of raping and sexually victimizing several women whom he encountered on his police beat. Jury members will return to the courthouse Wednesday morning for their third day of work in the case of Daniel Holtzclaw, who faces 36 counts of rape, sexual battery and other charges. The youngest accuser says Holtzclaw raped her on her mother’s porch; another reported that he groped her while she was handcuffed to a hospital bed; and a number of women testified Holtzclaw violated them inside their homes.

Throughout the monthlong trial, Holtzclaw’s attorney repeatedly attacked the credibility of the 13 women who accused Holtzclaw of sexual misconduct, noting that many did not come forward with their allegations until investigators approached them. The women, who ranged in age from 17 to 57 years old at the time they were attacked, are all black and, with the exception of one, all from the same impoverished neighborhood.

February 27, 2014: A woman was sitting in a parked vehicle outside of her house when Holtzclaw allegedly pulled up and made her expose her breasts in the back of his patrol car. Just play by my rules.” The woman would later testify that she didn’t think anyone would believe her. “I’m a black female,” she said when she testified this month. Holtzclaw returned to this victim’s house multiple times, once even allegedly breaking into the house without permission, waking T.B.’s boyfriend, Terry Williams, who also testified. May 21, 2014: After stopping a woman in northeast Oklahoma City, Holtzclaw allegedly drove her to a secluded area called “Dead Man’s curve,” and gave her an ultimatum: sex or jail.

Later, he tracks her down while she is walking home, threatens to arrest her for an outstanding warrant, and then takes her to her mother’s house, where he forces her to perform oral sex and have intercourse with him on the enclosed porch. June 18, 2014: Holtzclaw’s last encounter, before being placed on administrative leave that day, was when he allegedly stopped a woman early in the morning as she left a hotel where she had been staying with her boyfriend. August 2014: The similar descriptions and accounts between T.M. and the grandmother known as J.L. led investigators to identify Holtzclaw as the perpetrator for both attacks. Ten more counts—including first-degree rape, second-degree rape by instrumentation, forcible oral sodomy, and sexual battery—are filed against Officer Holtzclaw.

In a letter to Holtzclaw, Oklahoma City police Chief Bill Citty wrote, “Your offenses committed against women in our community constitute the greatest abuse of police authority I have witnessed in my 37 years as a member of this agency.” July 2015: After a second bond violation—the first was in November 2014 when he went to a doctor’s appointment without permission—Holtzclaw is ordered to spend 15 days in jail. October 2015: The Oklahoma City Council rules that taxpayers do not have to pay Holtzclaw’s legal fees, because sexual assault is outside of his job description.

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