Jury in Bill Cosby sex assault case adjourns without verdict

Jury in Bill Cosby sex assault case adjourns without verdict

Jury in Bill Cosby sex assault case adjourns without verdict

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse after jurors in Cosby's sexual assault trial ended first day deliberations without reaching a verdict in Norristown, Pa., Monday, June 12, 2017.

Duquesne University law professor Wes Oliver says those allegations could compel Judge Steven O'Neill to sentence Cosby closer to 10 years. He says their encounter was consensual.

The jury asked to review more than a dozen excerpts from a deposition the TV star gave as part of a lawsuit filed against him by the accuser. Prosecutors and police detectives read aloud portions of Cosby's statements to police in 2005 and in a civil deposition in 2006.

Constand, by contrast, testified for more than seven hours last week. Constand told police she was semi-conscious as he touched her breast and genitals.

After prosecutors declined to charge Cosby in 2005, Constand sued him and settled out of court for an undisclosed sum.

Team Cosby slammed the decision to block Jackson's testimony as "unfair".

The third felony count Cosby is charged with addresses the pills, identified in the trial as Benadryl, that the actor gave Constand that night in his home.

Marguerite Jackson - who worked with Constand, 44, of Toronto, at Temple University - had offered herself as a witness for Cosby, 79. Constand was the director of operations for the Temple women's team.

Jurors returned to the court with several questions throughout the day. The judge said he was not permitted to give any definition of the phrase, and the jury resumed its deliberations.

But they didn't come up with a verdict, leaving them exhausted and spent after a long day in the jury room.

The incident allegedly took place when Constand visited Cosby's home outside of Philadelphia, in Elkins Park, Montgomery County.

William Henry Cosby Jr., as his name appeared on charging documents, faced three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with his alleged contact with Constand.

Andrea Constand, left, waits for her mother, Gianna Constand, center, outside the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in No.

This afternoon, Bill Cosby's fate is in the hands of a jury after he opted not to take the witness stand in his own defense.

As he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection".

"I wanted it to stop", she testified.

Cosby also told investigators he gave Constand Benadryl on the night in question, "One whole and then one broke in half".

Ms Jackson stood by her account, saying in a phone interview that Cosby's lawyers were "going to say whatever they need to say". Huth's lawyer, Gloria Allred, says the scheduling of a second deposition is on hold because of the criminal trial.

"He never shuts up", lawyer Brian McMonagle said of his client in closing arguments Monday. His testimony was sealed for years until parts of it were released by a federal judge in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press. Cosby has pleaded not guilty and maintains that his relationship with Constand was romantic and consensual. O'Neill had made clear that returning jurors home was a priority and has suggested he would encourage them to deliberate late into the evening. "They're tugging on the heart strings of nostalgia", said David La Torre, who ran Penn State's public relations during the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse scandal.

In the jury box, a middle-aged woman with red dyed hair-presumably the foreperson-turned to gauge the reaction of her fellow jurors.

And all along, they said Constand was a willing romantic partner.

"She sat with her back to the kitchen wall", Cosby said.

"This isn't talking to a trustee". "Why are we running from the truth of this case - this relationship? Why?"

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