Bill Cosby jury quits for the night, no verdict

Erika Turner
June 14, 2017

After more than 16 hours of deliberations, a jury weighing the fate of entertainer Bill Cosby still had not reached a verdict Tuesday at his sexual assault trial in Montgomery County Court.

The jury of seven men and five women were bused in from Allegheny County near Pittsburgh and have been sequestered in a hotel for the trial.

The trial comes after repeated efforts by Cosby's lawyers to have the charges thrown out. In one, they asked for a re-read of the portion of the deposition that Cosby gave more than a decade ago that focused on his relationship with Constand since meeting her in 2002 through the night of the alleged incident.

Constand, however, testified that she took them only after Cosby intimated they were herbal and that the drugs left her unable to resist his assault.

Constand told Jackson she hadn't filed charges but said "like the story on the news, the person who had drugged and done something to her sexually was a high-profile person".

The married actor is fighting three felony charges of aggravated indecent assault, amid allegations he drugged and attacked Andrea Constand, a former employee at his alma mater, Temple University, during a 2004 encounter at his Pennsylvania home.

Andrea Constand, right, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017.

Cosby allegedly drugged and sexually assaulted Constand while she was the director of operations for Temple's women's basketball team, in 2004 in his suburban Philadelphia home.

Cosby refused to testify and his lawyers called just one witness, a police detective, before resting their case minutes later on Monday.

In a closing statement on Monday, defense attorney Brian McMonagle told jurors to acquit Cosby, saying that Constand had changed her story several times, highlighting the alleged inconsistencies. "It would open him up to a complete character assassination and let in more accusations against him", Stanley says.

"Your friends", Cosby said he told her.

OH police say a suspect in the deaths of a mother and her two daughters may also have been involved in a separate double homicide nearby.

She said Cosby gave her three pills and wine before touching her breasts, putting his fingers in her vagina and putting her hand on his erect penis after she sought his advice about moving to Canada and switching careers.

Cosby also told investigators he gave Constand Benadryl on the night in question, "One whole and then one broke in half". His accuser Constand, her mother, and another accuser, Kelly Johnson, took the stand.

"We're here because of them", he said, pointing to the benches of reporters covering the trial.

Later outside on the courthouse steps, Constand's lawyer Dolores Troiani claimed that Jackson's statement was "absolutely not true". "Why are we running from the truth of this case - this relationship? Why?" He confirmed that Constand had visited Cosby's room at a CT casino before the alleged attack.

Authorities declined to charge Cosby when she first came forward in 2005, but a new district attorney reopened the case in 2015 after Cosby's deposition was unsealed at the request of The Associated Press. "I don't understand it".

She was in court on Tuesday morning, while the accused's wife, Camille Cosby, who accompanied him to court for the first time on Monday, was absent.

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