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After closing arguments, jury begins deliberations in trial of Tompkins deputy

After closing statements Monday morning, the jury began deliberating the rape and sexual abuse charges Tompkins County Sheriff’s Deputy Scott Walters is facing. The jury will have to weigh testimony they heard all last week from the victim, defendant, investigators, experts and others, to decide whether Walters is guilty of sexually assaulting a woman who was physically helpless in February 2013.

Walters, 34, was indicted on charges of first-degree rape and sexual abuse, and the jury will also consider attempted rape. He was originally charged in 2017 along with another man, Matthew Pinney, who with a plea deal, ended up being a major witness in Walters’ trial.

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