Holtzclaw billboard in NE Oklahoma City sparks controversy
Oklahoma City, Okla. (KOKH) —
A billboard in Northeast Oklahoma City hits too close to home for the victims of convicted rapist Daniel Holtzclaw.
The billboard questions whether or not Holtzclaw is guilty, and is just blocks away from where the attacks were reported.
Daniel Holtzclaw is a former Oklahoma City Police Officer, convicted of raping and sexually assaulting eight women.
"He was a convicted rapist. He's not an accused rapist. He's convicted serial rapist, so I think it will bring up a lot of emotions," says Grace Franklin.
Franklin is the Executive Director of "OKC Artists For Justice," an advocacy group for Holtzclaw's victims. Franklin tells FOX 25 she was contacted and interviewed by CRTV, a conservative subscriber based online media outlet. She says the interview was about the case that gained national attention. The billboard in Northeast Oklahoma City is advertising a documentary looking into Holtzclaw's innocence, and was placed there by CRTV. It shows a picture of Holtzclaw and says "What if he didn't do it?"
"Our concern is for the survivors and their families having to rehash this, having a media outlet give validity to the conspiracy theories, which didn't work in trial and they're not going to work on an appeal," Franklin said.
Brian Bates worked as a private investigator for the Holtzclaw defense team and says he was also contacted by CRTV.
"Thousands of people have been convicted of crimes and later exonerated, and Daniel may be one of these people. That's yet to be seen," he said.
Bates claims there is DNA evidence that was found after the trial, and that evidence is being used in Holtzclaw's appeal.
"Male DNA was also found in the exact same spot. It was not Daniels DNA and that was never presented to the jury for consideration," Bates said.
Daniel Holtzclaw is serving a 263 year prison sentence. He has filed his fourth and final appeal extension. FOX 25 is told more billboards are set to go up around the metro.