Jurors Reach Partial Verdict In NYPD Officer Michael Pena’s Rape Trial

March 27, 2012 12:00 AM

Jurors Reach Partial Verdict In NYPD Officer Michael Pena’s Rape Trial
" NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) – Jurors deciding the fate of NYPD Officer Michael Pena reached a partial verdict, finding him guilty on several charges, but continue to be at an impasse on others.

The jury of eight men and four women found the 28-year-old Pena  guilty of three counts of predatory sex assault, for possessing a weapon, and three counts of criminal sex acts involving “touching.”

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The jury was deadlocked on 2 counts of rape in the first degree.  The judge has ordered the jury to continue deliberating the rape counts when they return on Wednesday.

Pena’s lawyer said a note from the jury indicated they were bitterly divided.

“They indicated there’s a lot of division and rancor. It’s become very personal in certain cases.  There are arguments going on the in the jury room that are more than just academic,” said Ephraim Savitt, Pena’s attorney.

The victim hid her tear-streaked face in a huddle of family and friends as she left the courtroom, clearly upset after hearing the partial verdict. She had testified Pena forced her at gunpoint off an Inwood street last August and raped her.

Authorities said on Aug "

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