A Palm Beach County jury returned to court early Tuesday to begin deciding the case of Stephen Maiorino, who could face life in prison if convicted on allegations that he raped a 20-year-old Wellington woman while on duty last year.
The panel began deliberating Monday, ending an emotional week-long trial surrounding what Maiorino’s attorneys say was consensual sex in October between the 36-year-old former officer and a woman he offered to drive back to the police station after her friend was arrested and his car towed.
About an hour into their deliberations Tuesday, jurors at about 10 a.m. asked Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer to define a few words in the law for unlawful compensation or reward for official behavior, the last of the four charges Maiorino faces.
Maiorino has also been charged with two counts of armed sexual battery and an armed kidnapping charge.
The question on the last charge could mean that the four men and two women on the jury have decided the other parts of the case.