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Second Mistrial Request Denied in Trial of Former Odessa Police Officer

ODESSA, TX (KWES) -

More drama on Thursday in the sexual assault trial of a former Odessa police officer.

31-year-old Salvador Becerra’s defense attorney made a second attempt to get a mistrial declared.

It all stemmed from a juror speaking with someone outside of the courtroom.

Judge James Rush denied the motion, their second request for a mistrial in two days.

Witness testimony continued on Thursday afternoon.

Becerra is accused of groping women under their shirts during traffic stops and asking for oral sex from another.

A former Odessa police sergeant took the stand again on Thursday and he explained what appeared to happen during a traffic stop conducted by Becerra last year.

Dash cam video was also shown to the jury.

Prosecutors also played footage of a police interview with Becerra.

In one clip, Becerra admits to touching the breasts of two women during traffic stops.

Becerra was fired from the Odessa Police Department last March.

Becerra been indicted on six counts of improper sexual activity with a person in custody and one count of sexual assault.

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