The Latest: Prosecutor says ex-cop abused power of badge

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Posted: Dec 07, 2015 1:58 PM

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):

12:45 p.m.

A prosecutor has told jurors in the trial of a former Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually assaulting 13 women that the man used the power of the badge he wore to prey upon vulnerable citizens.

Attorneys were presenting closing arguments Monday in the trial of 28-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw. He is charged with 36 counts of rape, sexual battery and other charges that carry a possible life prison sentence.

Assistant District Attorney Lori McConnell says Holtzclaw targeted drug addicts with felony records as he patrolled largely low-income areas of the city. She says the women were intimidated and did not report the attacks.

Defense attorneys who have challenged the credibility of the witnesses are set to make their closing arguments to the jury later Monday.

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6:15 a.m.

Lawyers are preparing to present closing arguments in the case of a former police officer in Oklahoma City accused of raping or sexually victimizing 13 women.

Daniel Holtzclaw is accused of 36 counts of rape, sexual battery and other charges that carry a possible sentence of life in prison. A jury could begin deliberating Monday.

During a monthlong trial, jurors heard from 13 women who alleged Holtzclaw preyed on them during traffic stops or in other instances while wearing his uniform and badge. The 28-year-old Holtzclaw was fired after his arrest last year.

Holtzclaw's attorney attacked the credibility of the women and questioned why most didn't come forward until police identified them as possible victims. Several have drug addictions or criminal records.

Holtzclaw didn't take the stand.