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Jurors resume deliberating Holtzclaw case

Posted at 1:12 PM, Dec 09, 2015
and last updated 2015-12-09 14:12:43-05

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):

10:15 a.m.

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.

The jury returned to its discussions Wednesday morning after two marathon days of considering the fate of former Officer Daniel Holtzclaw. Jurors so far have deliberated more than 20 hours over two days without reaching a verdict.

Holtzclaw faces 36 counts of rape, sexual battery and other charges. 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.

Prosecutors said in closing arguments that Holtzclaw used his authority as a police officer to prey on vulnerable women.

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12:45 a.m.

Jurors are set to resume deliberations in the trial of a former Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women in the low-income neighborhood he patrolled.

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. They deliberated Tuesday for nearly 12 hours before disbanding for the night without reaching a verdict. They were to be sequestered overnight in a hotel.

The 28-year-old Holtzclaw could spend the rest of his life in prison if he is convicted on any of six first-degree rape counts.

The victims say they met Holtzclaw while he was on duty, and prosecutors say the ex-officer intimidated them into not reporting his crimes. Holtzclaw's lawyer portrayed him as a model officer and questioned the credibility of the women who testified against him.

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