Jury deadlocked in Cosby trial after four days of deliberations

Lawrence Kim
June 19, 2017

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.

Wyatt, during the press conference Thursday night, said this is the longest jury deliberation in Montgomery County to date.

A deadlocked Pennsylvania jury battling to reach a verdict in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial was to deliberate a fifth day Friday as to whether or not he drugged and molested a woman more than 13 years ago. Lawyer Brian McMonagle also anxious that some jurors might compromise "their views and their values" for the sake of reaching a unanimous decision.

They are now deadlocked on a verdict.

His attorney indicated he would like to motion for a mistrial, but the judge told him "not at this time". "If after further deliberations, you are still deadlocked on some or all the charges, you should report that to me".

The sequestered jurors have made several requests for information from the judge.

"That's not how the system works", she said.

O'Neill, in his instruction to the jury, reminded them it is their duty to deliberate "with a view to reaching agreement, if it can be done without violence to your individual judgment".

They will get back to it Friday morning.

Cosby's team have painted his accusers as money-grubbing liars who are taking advantage of his infidelities. The entertainer, once known as America's Dad, offered Father's Day greetings to well-wishers outside the courthouse after court adjourned.

"It's not over until it's over, and it's not over yet", she said. "It doesn't surprise me that this jury is split".

Cosby has been charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each of which carries a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison, with no minimum, and a $25,000 fine. The panel also asked to rehear parts of the 79-year-old comedian's deposition testimony.

Pausing half-dozen time to revisit evidence.

Cosby later told police the pills were Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine. Prosecutors have suggested he gave her something stronger, possibly quaaludes.

Constand testified she was paralyzed by the pills and unable to fight Cosby off. He says it was consensual.

Eight other women who claim they were abused by Cosby since the 1960s have a civil suit pending in U.S. District Court in Springfield.

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

"This is an incredible jury that has just acted with incredible dignity and fidelity", O'Neill said.

Jurors have been debating the charges against Cosby for more than 27 hours since getting the case Monday.

After almost two weeks of testimony, the 12 original members of the jury remained - no alternates were needed.

Referring to the "emotional and physical toll" of the trial on Cosby, Wyatt said the judge should declare a mistrial since the jury has already exceeded Montgomery County record for deliberations.

The star of the 1980s TV hit family comedy "The Cosby Show" faces similar allegations from dozens of women, though only Constand's led to criminal charges.

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

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