No new trial for Holtzclaw

Ponca City Now - January 21, 2016 2:09 pm

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of raping and sexually victimizing eight women on his beat will not get a new trial, a judge said Thursday during the sentencing hearing.

The hearing was delayed by a few hours as Daniel Holtzclaw, 29, and attorneys met privately with District Judge Timothy Henderson over the defense’s request for a new trial or evidentiary hearing. After hearing testimony from another officer, Henderson rejected the request and moved on to witness statements.

Holtzclaw faces up to 263 years in prison after last month’s convictions on 18 counts – four counts of first-degree rape, plus additional counts of forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery, procuring lewd exhibition and second-degree rape. He was acquitted on 18 other counts. Henderson will decide whether Holtzclaw will have to serve the sentences consecutively.


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