Jury deliberating in Holtzclaw rape case

9 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Jurors break from deliberation Tuesday night in former police officer’s sex crimes trial.

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Jurors in Oklahoma City ended a second day of deliberations Tuesday night without a verdict in the case of a former police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women in the neighborhood he patrolled.

Daniel Holtzclaw’s case went to the state court panel Monday evening, after prosecutors and the former policeman’s lawyer finished their closing arguments. Jurors began deliberations Monday evening and worked until early Tuesday morning, when the judge announced they had not reached a verdict but were done for the day. In his closing arguments, defense attorney Scott Adams called the former college football player an honorable man who put his life on the line to protect the poor inner-city neighborhoods near the Oklahoma state Capitol. Prosecutors, however, said Holtzclaw targeted drug addicts and other women with felony records, believing his threats to jail them could intimidate them. “This officer violated an oath to protect this community,” Assistant District Attorney Gayland Gieger said. “He exercised authority on those society doesn’t care about. Convince these ladies that someone does care about them.” Since the trial started Nov. 2, the 13 women told jurors that Holtzclaw stopped them in their neighborhoods and sexually victimized them.

Most said Holtzclaw checked for outstanding warrants, and then wanted them to prove they weren’t carrying drug paraphernalia, then forced himself on them. Outside the courthouse Tuesday afternoon, about three dozen demonstrators, mostly black women, chanted “36 counts … we want life” as they circled the building. The noise from the protest could be heard inside the courtroom where the jury was deliberating, so District Attorney David Prater asked Franklin to move the group away from the windows of the courtroom. The allegations against Holtzclaw brought new attention to the problem of sexual misconduct by law enforcement officers, something police chiefs have studied for years.

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