The sentencing was however delayed by more than three hours while District Judge Timothy Henderson met with both sides to consider Holtzclaw’s request for a new trial. Henderson denied Holtzclaw’s motion. One of the victims was raped while she was handcuffed to a hospital bed, and another woman, 17 at the time, said she was raped on her mother’s front porch. All the victims who testified said Holtzclaw’s assaults did inconceivable damage to their lives. Holtzclaw’s father is white and his mother is Japanese. His trial began in November. Prosecutors said Holtzclaw selected victims in one of Oklahoma City’s poorest neighborhoods based on their criminal histories, assuming their drug or prostitution records would undermine any claims they might make against him. 13 black women testified. Because the victims are black, race has been regularly invoked in the case.