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In this Jan. 21, 2016 file photo, former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, center, listens as Gayland Gieger, right, Oklahoma County assistant district attorney, speaks during Holtzclaw's sentencing hearing in Oklahoma City. An Oklahoma judge has conducted a closed hearing for Holtzclaw, who is serving a 263-year prison sentence for rape and other sex crimes. He was convicted of sexually assaulting women while on patrol between December 2013 and June 2014. (Photo: AP/Sue Ogrocki, Pool, File)

Law enforcement e-mails obtained through an Open Records request are raising questions about a key witness -- a retired DNA analyst -- in the trial and conviction of former Oklahoma City police officer Daniel Holtzclaw.

News 9 requested and received 4,649 pages of the 15,000 emails associated with our request. A city attorney indicated some of emails had been deleted prior to our request, and others were confidential, due to a protective order issued by the Oklahoma Court of Criminals Appeals. 

News 9 searched through thousands of pages of emails, to and from leaders of the police department's forensic lab, in an effort to learn more about the purpose of a recent 2-day, closed court hearing tied to Holtzclaw's appeal. 

Holtzclaw's own attorneys were not invited to attend the secretive hearing. Courthouse surveillance video showed that, among those who did attend, were members of Oklahoma City Police Department's forensics lab team.

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