Deliberations begin in NYC officers' rape trial

May 18, 2011 - 1:28 PM

NEW YORK (AP) — Jurors have started deliberating in the rape trial of two New York City police officers accused of preying on a woman they were summoned to help.

A Manhattan jury got the case Wednesday. Closing arguments had spanned three days.

Officers Kenneth Moreno and Franklin Mata were called to help the drunken woman get home from a taxi in December 2008. She'd been out celebrating a job promotion.

Moreno is accused of raping the now 29-year-old woman while she was physically helpless after passing out. She testified she awoke to being raped but couldn't move. Prosecutors say Mata stood watch.

Moreno says the woman made sexual advances, and they cuddled in her bed but didn't have sex.

Mata says he was asleep on the couch while they were in the bedroom.