Court unseals documents in ex-cop's sexual assault case

Court unseals documents in ex-cop's sexual assault case

(KSWO)- We're learning more this morning about a secret meeting over the summer surrounding former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw's appeal.

Holtzclaw was convicted in late 2015 for sexually abusing women while on duty, and is now serving life in prison.

Back in June, a secret hearing was held regarding his appeal. Not much was known at the time other than who attended, including leaders of the police department's forensics lab.

Now, some documents have been ordered unsealed by a judge, showing that the hearing surrounded a quote, "personnel investigation." It concerned a former Oklahoma City Police chemist assigned to Holtzclaw's case. She testified on DNA evidence that played a large role in Holtzclaw's conviction.

The details of the hearing, though, are still sealed.

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OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Unsealed documents in the case of a former Oklahoma City police officer convicted of rape show a secret hearing was held to determine whether personnel records that could help his appeal should be released.

Oklahoma's Court of Criminal Appeals ordered several documents unsealed Thursday in the case of ex-officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who was sentenced to 263 years in prison after being convicted of preying on black women he encountered on duty. The unsealed paperwork comes days after an Associated Press story about the closed nature of the proceedings.

The newly released documents show they were filed under seal because they pertain to personnel records that must remain confidential under Oklahoma law. Court documents show those records could have value to Holtzclaw's appeal.

Holtzclaw maintains his innocence and is challenging the DNA evidence used to convict him.

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