Fmr OKC officer, Holtzclaw, seeks new trial

Posted at 4:32 PM, Jan 20, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-20 18:04:52-05

OKLAHOMA CITY – It’s been around one month since a former Oklahoma City police officer was convicted of sex crimes and now he's asking for a new trial.

According to the NBC affiliate station in Oklahoma City, KFOR, Daniel Holtzclaw’s attorney is seeking a new trial.

KFOR reports that at Holtzclaw’s trial, 13 alleged victims testified against him, claiming he took advantage of them while he was on duty. 

The jury recommended he be sentenced to 263 years in prison for his crimes.

Holtzclaw’s attorney, Scott Adams, says there is newly discovered evidence that was not disclosed to the defense.

The court documents claim a Facebook post by a police detective referenced evidence that was “withheld from the defense by the government.”

The post alleges that there was DNA evidence from several of the victims found in Holtzclaw’s car and on his pants.

“The State’s witnesses testified under oath that there was only one individual’s DNA found anywhere during forensic examination of any material – car, pants, or otherwise, and that belonged to victim [A.G.] – found on Mr. Holtzclaw’s pants,” the document claims.

It also alleges that it is possible that not all individuals who made allegations against Holtzclaw were disclosed to the defense.

“If there is additional DNA evidence despite the government’s representations to the contrary, and if there are additional people who came forward and falsely claimed that they were victims- yet for whatever reason their stories were withheld from the defense despite representations under oath that their stories did not exist- then deliberate misrepresentations were made not only to defense counsel but the Court, calling into question the credibility of the government’s entire case,” the document claims. “Such reckless discovery violations and misrepresentations to the court undermine confidence in the fairness of Mr. Holtzclaw’s trial.”