No Verdict After 6 Days Of Deliberations In Rape Trial Of NYPD Officers Moreno, Mata
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Jurors went home Wednesday without a verdict on the sixth day of deliberations in the trial of two New York City cops who are accused of raping a woman in December 2008.
The jury’s first note of the day was a request for help from the judge. They wanted to know how to evaluate the conflicting testimony they’ve heard in the case.
WCBS 880’s Irene Cornell reports: Jury Asks For Help With Testimony Of Witnesses
On Tuesday, the jury of seven men and five women reviewed the testimony from the seven week trial of officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata.
The two are charged with raping a then 27-year-old drunk fashion executive in her East Village apartment back in December 2008.
The conflicting testimony is between the accuser and the officers. Her story is that she was drunk, blacking out and physically helpless.
She said she came to enough to know she was being raped by one of the cops, who had helped her upstairs to her apartment.
Then, there’s Moreno’s and Mata’s stories, who said nothing like that happened on that night in December.
Moreno testified the accuser was flirtatious and tried to lure him onto her bed while Mata said he dozed off on the couch in another room.
The judge’s instructions for the jury was that there is no specific formula except their own common sense when evaluating the credibility of witnesses.
The jury was handed the case last week. No word yet on when a verdict will be given.
Moreno and Mata face up to 25 years in prison if they’re convicted.
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