A jury deliberated nearly eight hours late Wednesday before acquitting an Oklahoma City man of raping a church custodian nearly two years ago.
Antwine Lee Walker, 32, was charged with two counts of first-degree rape in connection with the alleged assault of a female worker at Britton Baptist Church, 1141 W Britton Road.
Prosecutors argued that Walker surprised the woman shortly after she opened the church about 8 a.m., put a rope around her neck and threatened to kill her if she didn't cooperate.
A church secretary testified the worker locked a door to the church office after Walker left and told her she had just been raped.
Defense attorneys said the woman's story changed over time. They argued the sex was consensual because the woman didn't resist Walker and indicated she enjoyed herself.
Prosecutors said the woman did whatever her attacker wanted because she feared for her life.