Jury in Bill Cosby sex assault case adjourns without verdict

Lauren Perry
June 14, 2017

This question pertained to Count 2, which alleges the sexual assault occurred after Cosby gave Constand an intoxicant without her knowledge that substantially impaired her and stopped her from resisting.

On Tuesday, as jury deliberations stretched into a second day without signs of a verdict, Wyatt steered reporters to a former colleague of accuser Andrea Constand who said Constand had once suggested she would try to set up a famous man to get money.

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.

The 79-year-old legendary entertainer, once loved by millions as "America's Dad", risks being sentenced to spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

On Tuesday, they reviewed more than a dozen passages from a deposition Cosby gave last decade, listening to excerpts on a wide range of topics, from Cosby's first meeting with Andrea Constand to the night in 2004 she says he drugged and violated her.

Prosecutors say they made a decision to reopen the Constand investigation after reading the deposition, and during closing arguments, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele told the jurors: "All the fancy lawyering you have can't get you around your own words". The defense called only one witness to testify, a police detective, before quickly resting its case after just six minutes. That suit was settled out of court.

Jurors will reconvene Tuesday morning after deliberating for four hours Monday night.

"I think it's going to be really hard to get a verdict here", said KHOU legal analyst Gerald Treece.

Gianna Constand, the accuser's fiercely protective mother, testified that Cosby apologized over the phone to her and her daughter and offered to pay for her schooling.

For the second time in their deliberations, the jurors asked to revisit a portion of the deposition in which the comedian talked about giving Constand "three friends".

Andrea Constand says she was drugged and molested. His lawyer has said they were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

"I felt really humiliated and I was really confused", she said through tears.

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. Constand said that he had given her a pill hidden in an alcoholic drink and proceeded to molest and sexually assault her when she was unconscious.

The defense closed by accusing Constand of lying about an affair with Cosby and concocting the allegations to take advantage of the wealthy, older star.

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

Jacobs isn't interested in speculating about how the Cosby case may end. 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. They said the charges were filed too late.

"They can still find a different form of justice, and that may be just having a voice and having their stories heard", said Jacobs.

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

"This isn't talking to a trustee".

The attorney said, with all of the cell phone records in the case, he hadn't until a week ago looked up that particular call which, after checking, never happened.

But Constand's is the only criminal case against him as under U.S. statues of limitations. "I don't understand it".

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