Jury Deliberations Begin In Daniel Holtzclaw Trial
The trial for Daniel Holtzclaw, the former Oklahoma police officer who preyed on and raped at least 13 black women, is coming to a close.
Prosecutors told a jury that the disgraced ex-cop targeted women “no one cared about.”
Yahoo News reports:
An Oklahoma City ex-police officer accused of raping women while on duty targeted those who had troubles with the law and he became more brazen with each attack, prosecutors said in closing arguments on Monday.
Daniel Holtzclaw, 28, of Oklahoma City is charged with 36 counts of sexual assault, including six first-degree rape counts for attacks on 13 women.
Holtzclaw targeted his victims by going after women he came across while on patrol. He ran background checks and went after those who had outstanding warrants, previous arrests or carried drugs or drug paraphernalia, prosecutors said.
They said he did this because he did not think authorities would take the victims’ word over his if he had to defend himself against sexual assault allegations.
“He didn’t choose CEOs or soccer moms. He chose women he could count on not telling what he was doing,” prosecutor Lori McConnell said. “He counted on the fact no one would believe them and no one would care.”
The defense said in its closing arguments the victims provided testimony that was unreliable and dishonest.
Thirteen of his suspected victims took the stand in the trial, which began more than a month ago, telling jurors of sexual assaults that ranged from touching over their clothing to forced oral sex and rape.
Last Wednesday the prosecution presented its final scheduled witness, a DNA expert who testified about Holtzclaw’s uniform pants testing positive for DNA from a 17-year-old girl.
The girl, now 18, testified that Holtzclaw raped her on her mother’s front porch.
The jury so far has deliberated for 9 hours on the verdict.
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