Oklahoma jury takes break in Kenya orphanage sex abuse case

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Posted: Jun 18, 2015 7:05 PM

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Federal jurors deliberating at the trial of an Oklahoma man charged with sexually abusing children at a Kenya orphanage have ended their work for the day.

Lawyers presented closing arguments Thursday, with a prosecutor calling 20-year-old Matthew Lane Durham a "wolf in sheep's clothing" but the man's defense attorney arguing Durham was the victim of money-seeking officials who coerced his confession.

Jurors deliberated for five hours before wrapping up. They are scheduled to meet again Friday.

Prosecutors say Durham targeted orphans at the Upendo Children's Home in Nairobi, Kenya, last year. Defense attorneys say officials at the orphanage created the allegations as they sought money from the U.S. government for security equipment.

While deliberating, jurors asked the judge to provide them with a transcript from the 1 ½-week trial. The judge turned down their request.