#UK Witness credibility a focus in ex-officer’s sex abuse trial

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Daniel Holtzclaw is led from a courtroom during a break in testimony in Oklahoma City, Wednesday, Dec. 2, 2015. Holtzclaw, a former Oklahoma City police officer, is facing dozens of charges alleging he sexually assaulted 13 women while on duty. (AP Photo/Sue Ogrocki)

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Prosecutors have concluded their case against a former Oklahoma City police officer being tried on charges of sexually assaulting women on his beat.

Thirteen women have testified against 28-year-old Daniel Holtzclaw. He faces 36 counts of rape, forcible oral sodomy, sexual battery and other charges that carry a possible sentence of life in prison.

The defense has questioned the women’s accounts and their backgrounds, including arrests and drug use. Attacking their credibility has been key to the defense strategy.

Two accusers have appeared in court wearing orange jail scrubs. Another admitted to using drugs the night before she testified.

Prosecutors haven’t tried to hide the witnesses’ backgrounds, and several of the women have pushed back. Most testified that they never reported the assaults because they thought they wouldn’t be believed.

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