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Jurors In Off-Duty Officer's Rape Case Ask For Medical Read Backs

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Jurors on Friday continued deliberations in the trial of an off-duty city police officer who is accused of raping a Manhattan teacher.

Members of the jury weighing the evidence against Michael Pena asked for read backs of testimony from the doctor who treated the victim and the medical examiner in charge of the rape kit.

Prosecutors say Pena was off-duty and drunk when he forced the woman into an Inwood alley, threatened her with a gun, and raped her.

Pena's lawyer says it's hard to read the jury, but believes a read back of testimony bodes well for his client.

"From what I could tell - there are different factions. You can tell on the faces of the jurors they are debating issues, so I don't believe that the jury unanimously has a specific area that they are having difficulty with. I think different people are having different difficulties with different things."

Pena's lawyer says the officer did pull his gun on the woman and groped her, but insists his client did not rape her.

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