The judge asked everyone in the courtroom not to show any emotion with the announcement of the verdicts in the trial of Stephen Maiorino, a former Boynton Beach Police officer accused of raping a young woman at gunpoint on the hood of his patrol car.
But the silence was shattered when the 21-year-old accuser cried after hearing “not guilty” to all four charges, and she wailed, “No! No!” before her dad held her as she stumbled out the door. She screamed and cried out, “Why?” before being helped onto an elevator.
Over at the defense table, Maiorino pressed his lips together, cried and looked over at his visibly relieved loved ones, before Circuit Judge Samantha Schosberg Feuer thanked the jurors for the week they spent on a difficult case.
The panel of four men and two women deliberated for 10 hours over two days, before acquitting the 36-year-old ex-cop. The judge told Maiorino he could check out of Palm Beach County Jail and walk free for the first time since he was arrested on Oct. 30.