Ex-Sacramento Cop’s Defense May Hinge On Elderly Rape Victim’s Disability

CBS Sacramento

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SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — Attorneys for a former Sacramento Police officer accused of raping a 76-year-old woman may use the woman’s disability to sway the jury in their favor.

Gary Baker took notes and flashed an occasional half-smile—not the reaction you’d expect from a suspect about to go on trial accused of raping a disabled elderly woman.

The woman has trouble talking and writing after she suffered a stroke, which made it difficult for her to accurately communicate what happened with the alleged rape. That could be used against her in the trial.

“After knocking on the door, said this person started kissing her,” said Officer Matt Armstrong, who took the statement from the victim, at the preliminary hearing.

During witness questioning of the three separate attacks, the defense opportunity for a former Sacramento Police officer sought to poke holes in how detectives were able to…

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