Jurors deadlocked on Bill Cosby

PREVIOUS STORY BELOWA new round of deliberations is raising the prospects that Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial will end with a verdict instead of a hung jury. Andrea Constand, the woman who has accused Cosby of sexual assault, was composed and calm on the stand during her testimony last week, but the defense spent most of its time during cross-examination working to establish the inconsistencies and mistakes in her account. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, center, and Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen, left, enter the courtroom during jury deliberations in Bill Cosy's sexual assault trial at t. Both Cosby and Constand were in the Norristown, PA courtroom when the jury came in to listen to the judge this morning. The panel also asked to rehear parts of the 79-year-old comedian's deposition testimony. "If you've reached a unanimous decision on some of the charges, please report that back to me". "If they don't have a verdict by now, we'd hope the judge would relieve them".

"The court is assuming this jury is deliberating", Judge Steven O'Neill told the jurors. First, they wanted a definition of "reasonable doubt".

"If you are still deadlocked, you should report that to me".

Tensions ran high on the Montgomery County Courthouse steps Thursday afternoon after news of the deadlocked jurors broke. "They'll take the edge off", Cosby told her, she testified.

Yet before they were released for the evening, a rattled O'Neill bizarrely brought in the exhausted-looking jury, appeared to chastise them, and sent them back to the jury room-forgetting to formally dismiss them.

A hung jury would represent a clear victory for Cosby, who would avoid what could have been years in prison.

The trial marks a crushing fall from grace for an entertainer for decades loved by millions as "America's Dad" for his seminal role as a lovable father and obstetrician on hit TV series "The Cosby Show".

"It's not over until it's over, and it's not over yet", she said. I also want to thank the supporters who have been here.

Dozens of women have come forward to say Cosby had drugged and assaulted them, but this was the only case to result in criminal charges. Quaaludes was a highly popular party drug in the 1970s that was banned in the U.S.in 1982.

Constand claims that Cosby who she saw as a father figure drugged her and then sexually assaulted her. Cosby's defense team pointed out that after the so-called assault, Constand continued a relationship with Cosby.

Cosby later told police the pills were Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine. He called the pills her "friends" without telling her what they were, and admitted to giving other young women Quaaludes, a sedative, in the 1970s. "And I don't feel her say anything", Cosby said, describing his thought process as he touched Constand's genitals. One batch of requested testimony hadn't even been transcribed yet. Even though Cosby's attorney motioned for a mistrial, Judge Steven T. O'Neill sent the jurors back to reach a verdict.

Jurors have been debating the charges against Cosby for more than 27 hours since getting the case Monday. Following the failure to reach a unanimous decision, the judge encouraged the 12 jury members to come to a consensus.


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