Latest: Oklahoma jury suspends 2nd day of deliberations

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Posted: Dec 08, 2015 11:40 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):

10:15 p.m.

The jury considering the fate of an ex-Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women has ended deliberations for the night after nearly 21 hours of work over two days.

Judge Timothy Henderson announced late Tuesday that the jury had decided to end deliberations and return to a hotel, where they will remain sequestered. The group met for nearly 12 hours during its second day and is scheduled to reconvene at 9:30 a.m. Wednesday.

Former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw faces 36 counts of rape, sexual battery and other charges for allegedly victimizing women in the low-income neighborhoods he patrolled on the city's northeast side.

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1:30 p.m.

About three dozen people are gathered near the Oklahoma County courthouse for a rally to call for the conviction of a former police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women.

The gathering Tuesday was billed as a "peaceful protest" in support of the alleged victims of former officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who faces 36 counts of rape, sexual battery and other charges.

The rally was so close to the courtroom windows where jurors are deliberating Holtzclaw's fate that a prosecutor came outside and asked the group to move.

The group, which had been chanting "36 counts" and "We want life," agreed to move farther away from the building.

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10:45 a.m.

Jurors have resumed deliberations in the trial of a former Oklahoma City police officer who's accused of sexually victimizing 13 women he allegedly encountered on his police beat in a low-income neighborhood.

The jury returned to the courtroom at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, about eight hours after they recessed without reaching a verdict in the case of Daniel Holtzclaw, who faces 36 counts of rape, sexual battery and other charges.

They were led into the closed courtroom by a bailiff on Tuesday. Many carried luggage because they were sequestered overnight in a hotel.

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

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3 a.m.

Jurors in Oklahoma City met for hours to deliberate the fate of a former policeman accused of sexually victimizing 13 women in the low-income neighborhood he patrolled.

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. They are expected to resume at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Daniel Holtzclaw faces 36 counts of rape, sexual battery and other charges. The victims say they met the 28-year-old 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.

The ex-officer did not take the stand.

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