On June 18, 2014 Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw pulled over a 57-year-old African American grandmother. Later the driver would claim that she was sexually assaulted by Holtzclaw during the traffic stop. An investigation was opened that subsequently led prosecutors to believe they had uncovered a serial rapist with a badge, victimizing those most vulnerable in NE Oklahoma City. Holtzclaw (half white and half Japanese) was subsequently criminally charged with 36 counts stemming from the alleged sexual assaults of 13 African American women at 17 alleged crime scenes. With no direct forensic evidence, no independent eyewitnesses and mounds of reasonable doubt, Holtzclaw was convicted and sentenced to 263 years in an undisclosed prison. This is the story of Oklahoma vs. Daniel Holtzclaw, from the eyes of the prosecution and the scrutiny of the defense. As told by Brian Bates, Oklahoma private investigator and original member of Daniel Holtzclaw's criminal defense team.

June 18, 2014: This episode covers day one of the investigation into then Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw. An investigation that began after Jannie Ligons, a 57-year-old grandmother, is pulled over at 2am and allegedly sexually assaulted. Within hours of her complaint, up to 20 employees of the Oklahoma City Police Department are all actively following up on leads and gathering evidence. Very quickly officer Holtzclaw is identified as their prime suspect. Sex Crimes Detectives Kim Davis and Rocky Gregory take over there case. Det. Davis decides Ligons is telling the truth before she ever even interviews Holtzclaw or reviews any evidence. Det. Davis further bias her investigation by instructing other investigators that she doesn't want to use what is normally considered a primary investigative tool - the photo line up. A surveillance video of the traffic stop is located and officer Holtzclaw is confronted and taken to headquarters for questioning.

This is the story of Oklahoma vs. Daniel Holtzclaw, from the eyes of the prosecution and the scrutiny of the defense. As told by Brian Bates, Oklahoma private investigator and original member of Daniel Holtzclaw's criminal defense team. (this audio file was updated 6/26/2019)

June 18, 2014: This episode covers the formal interrogation of then Oklahoma City patrol officer Daniel Holtzclaw by OCPD sex crimes detectives Kim Davis and Rocky Gregory. The two hour interrogation is an awkward combination of "good cop, bad cop", discussions over which hand one masturbates with and whether or not Holtzclaw tried to have sex with his then girlfriend after he got home. All of this while the focus was supposed to be on whether or not Daniel Holtzclaw sexually assaulted a 57-year-old African American woman he had pulled over, off-the-clock, for allegedly swerving.

This is the complete interrogation with only minor edits for the redaction of personal information.

A condensed version of this interrogation, with host Brian Bates' commentary, will be contained in the next episode.

You can read the transcript of this episode and watch the video recorded version at this season's home page at www.HoltzclawTrial.com.

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This episode was researched, written, produced and edited by Brian Bates.

Season one of Bates Investigates: The Daniel Holtzclaw Case is a Bugstomper production.

 

June 18, 2014: In this episode, I reflect back on the full interrogation that was published last week. 

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This episode was researched, written, produced and edited by Brian Bates.

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June 18, 2014 - June 23, 2014: This episode wraps up the Jannie Ligons off-the-clock traffic stop. 

Oklahoma City police patrol officer Daniel Holtzclaw has been interrogated and placed on administrative leave after a 57-year old black female accused him of sexually assaulting her after he pulled her over.

Detectives begin to dig in to Holtzclaw's personnel file and the results of the forensic testing comes back. 

The only witness, footage from security camera #21 , is analyzed by the OSBI.

The Oklahoma City police lab has found an unknown female's DNA on the inside of Daniel Holtzclaw's fly of his uniform pants.

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This episode was researched, written, produced and edited by Brian Bates.

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May 24, 2014 - June 24, 2014: This episode introduces the audience to the sexual assault allegations of 43-year old Terri Morris.

Morris' allegations are the first ever reported against then Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw.

In this episode you will hear the 911 call that start the investigation. A 911 call that was not played during Holtzclaw's criminal trial.

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This episode was researched, written, produced and edited by Brian Bates.

Season one of Bates Investigates: The Daniel Holtzclaw Case is a Bugstomper production.

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July 10, 2014: This episode wraps-up the sexual assault allegations of 43-year old Terri Morris against 27-year-old Oklahoma City police patrol officer Daniel Holtzclaw.

Last week we detailed Morris' initial allegation that she was raped by a police officer in downtown Oklahoma City on either May 20th or 21st, 2014.

In this episode, Morris has changed her allegations significantly. After Oklahoma City Police Sex Crimes Detective Rocky Gregory suggested to Morris that the assault actually happened on a different date and at a different location - Liberty Station Apartments.

In this episode you will hear Morris' revised complaint when she meets with Det. Gregory. You will also hear Daniel Holtzclaw's voice as he radios in a May 8th 2014 encounter with Morris.

More information at HoltzclawTrial.com.

This episode was researched, written, produced and edited by Brian Bates.

Season one of Bates Investigates: The Daniel Holtzclaw Case is a Bugstomper production.

This audio file was originally published 8/1/2019. The audio file was updated on 8/2/2019 (corrected sound quality issue only). If you are a subscriber with automatic downloads, delete and download again to ensure you have the latest audio file.

July 16 - July 24, 2014: This episode has Oklahoma City Police Sex Crimes Detectives Rocky Gregory and Kim Davis presenting their 'Blue Sheets' to the Oklahoma County District Attorneys office. Assistant District Attorney Gayland Geiger agrees to file one count each of forcible oral sodomy against then Oklahoma City Police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, in response to allegations of sexual assault by Jannie Ligons and Terri Morris. 

Host and private investigator Brian Bates interviews former Oklahoma County prosecutor Angela Sonaggera to get her insights to the process of filing criminal charges.

Investigators then contact Daniel Holtzclaw's FOP lawyer Susan Knight and ask for Holtzclaw to provide them with a list of potential females that could match the DNA found on the fly of his uniform pants.

When Holtzclaw's attorney refuses the request, detectives develop a "list" of their own and start trying to track down the unidentified match to the DNA.

Investigators identify two potential matches; Kala Lyles and Sherry Ellis.

More information at HoltzclawTrial.com.

This episode was researched, written, produced and edited by Brian Bates.

Season one of Bates Investigates: The Daniel Holtzclaw Case is a Bugstomper production.

This audio file was originally published 8/18/2019. 

August 8, 2014: This episode has Oklahoma City Police Sex Crimes Detective Kim Davis identifying Sherry Ellis as a possible victim of then Oklahoma City patrol officer Daniel Holtzclaw.

Ellis is contacted and agrees to come to the Oklahoma City police headquarters for an interview.

In this episode, you will hear Det. Davis and Sherry Ellis' telephone conversation and their in person interview.

In those conversations, Ellis describes her attacker as a "short black male police officer."

More information at HoltzclawTrial.com and on this episodes homepage.

This episode was researched, written, produced and edited by Brian Bates.

Season one of Bates Investigates: The Daniel Holtzclaw Case is a Bugstomper production.

*This audio file was originally published 8/20/2019 at 7am. The original audio file was replaced at 10:50am due to a mono/stereo audio issue.

Investigative Timeline - August 5, 2014: This episode reflects back on Episode 8 and the telephone and in-person interviews conducted by Oklahoma City Sex Crimes Detective Kim Davis with Daniel Holtzclaw accuser Sherry Ellis.

Ellis alleges she was stopped by Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, in the early morning hours of May 7, 2014, near NE 17th and N. Highland Dr. and forced to perform oral sex. She says she was then transported a couple of blocks away and vaginally raped in a public park, before being told to "have a nice night" as the officer drove away.

But, there's some significant problems with Ellis' allegations. For one, she describes her attacker as a "short, black, male police officer." Daniel Holtzclaw is 6' 2" tall and pale white in complexion. Ellis also claims the officer who attacker her was driving a different model of patrol car than Holtzclaw was actually driving.

Then there's his patrol car GPS. While it places him in the area, host Brian Bates explains why it would be impossible for Holtzclaw's patrol car to be where prosecutors insist the rape took place.

Listen to all the facts and decide for yourself, was justice served, or was justice denied?

You can see get more details and see the discovery evidence used to compile this episode at this episode's homepage.

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This episode was researched, written, produced and edited by Brian Bates.

Season one of Bates Investigates: The Daniel Holtzclaw Case is a Bugstomper production.

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*9/2/2019 - This audio file was originally published.

*9/3/2019 - The audio file was updated for factual correction at timecode 08:20:00+/- 

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