Metro has just learned that an NYPD officer accused of rape is expected to take the stand today in a trial against him in Manhattan Criminal Court.
Last week, police officer Franklin Mata testified that his partner, Kenneth Moreno, was just getting "friendly" with a woman who accused Moreno of raping her while she was so drunk she could barely stand in an alleged 2008 attack.
Mata is accused of standing guard while Moreno allegedly raped the woman in her East Village apartment.
Mata continued his testimony this morning and later today, Metro learns, Moreno himself may take the stand. This would be the first time he will testify in the explosive trial. Stay tuned for updates.