Latest: Oklahoma jury suspends 3rd day of deliberations

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Posted: Dec 10, 2015 12:26 AM
Latest: Oklahoma jury suspends 3rd day of deliberations

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):

11:15 p.m.

The jury considering the fate of an ex-Oklahoma City police officer accused of sexually victimizing 13 women has ended its third day of deliberations without reaching a verdict.

Judge Timothy Henderson announced late Wednesday that the jury had decided to end deliberations and return to a hotel, where they will remain sequestered. The group met for nearly 13 hours Wednesday and has put in about 34 hours of work since deliberations began.

They are set to resume at 9:30 a.m. Thursday.

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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2:15 p.m.

The judge presiding over the trial of a former Oklahoma City police officer accused of raping and sexually victimizing several women says the jury has asked some questions about jury instructions.

Judge Timothy Henderson said Wednesday he wouldn't elaborate on the nature of the jurors' questions while deliberations are ongoing.

The jury began deliberating Monday afternoon. It has spent nearly 25 hours in deliberations on charges of rape, sexual battery and other charges against former Officer Daniel Holtzclaw. The charges involve 13 women who accuse the officer of sexually victimizing them in the low-income neighborhoods he patrolled.

Both Henderson and lead prosecutor Gayland Gieger say it's the longest jury deliberations in any case they've been involved in.

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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.