Published: Wed, June 28, 2017
Entertaiment | By Simon Arnold

Jury Deadlocked In Bill Cosby Trial


First, Judge Steven O'Neill sent them back into deliberations in another attempt to reach a verdict, which must be unanimous.

These allegations have led to three counts of aggravated indecent assault, all stemming from this one incident in 2004.

Andrea Constand walks from the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Brian McMonagle, the lawyer for the star of the 1980s TV hit "The Cosby Show", has made four separate mistrial motions based on the length of the jury's deliberations.

Two drummers join a demonstration in support of victims of sexual violence outside the Montgomery County Courthouse where Bill Cosby is waiting for deliberations to finish in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania, U.S., June 15, 2017.

After thirty hours of deliberations and investigating, the jurors at the sexual assault trial said today, on Thursday, they are deadlocked and can not come to a consensus on the case.

Ms Constand and her mother were in court for the announcement from the jurors. The charges stem from a 2004 sexual encounter with Constand.

Mr Cosby has been accused by at least 50 women of drugging and sexually assaulting them over the course of his career.

A 2005 police interview during which Cosby acknowledged giving her pills and fondling her, along with related testimony from the suburban Philadelphia detective who read it into the record.

Prosecutors say the comedian gave Constand pills that immobilized her and that she couldn't fight off his sexual advances.

The scene outside the courthouse where 12 jurors are determining Bill Cosby's fate at his sexual assault trial devolved on Thursday into a circus-like atmosphere, complete with dramatic confrontations, marching drummers and a bubble machine.

Meanwhile, accuser Andrea Constand's shoulders appeared to wilt when the note was read.

The three charges accuse Cosby of assaulting Constand without her consent, assaulting her when she was unconscious and assaulting her using drugs to substantially impair her ability to consent. Some jurors looked defeated as the judge ordered them to continue deliberating.

The 79-year-old entertainer did not take the stand at his trial, but prosecutors used his deposition testimony - given in 2005 and 2006 as part of Constand's civil suit against him - as evidence.

So far, jurors have asked six questions during their deliberations, largely to rehear testimony.

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

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, says only that the jury is "apparently working very hard" to reach agreement on the charges. She believes he gave her something stronger than Benadryl on the night she says he molested her.

But when jurors asked to stop for the day Wednesday night, O'Neill was effusive with praise - encouraging their diligence as they weigh charges that could put Cosby in prison for the rest of his life.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts, but they could be merged for sentencing purposes.

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