Published: Mon, June 19, 2017
Culture | By Julio Duncan

Cosby Jurors End Dramatic Day 4 of Deliberations With No Verdict

Cosby Jurors End Dramatic Day 4 of Deliberations With No Verdict

The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial told the judge this morning they are deadlocked.

The 79-year-old pioneering black actor could face the rest of his life in prison if convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault against 44-year-old Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia mansion in January 2004.

"I want to reiterate how proud I am of each and every one of you", O'Neill said as he sent the jury back to the hotel.

After three days and 28 hours of debate, the group had asked to revisit almost every critical piece of evidence from the trial that began almost two weeks ago - ranging from Cosby's 2005 deposition and police statement, in which he denied drugging and molesting the case's central accuser, Andrea Constand, to Constand's own recollections of the 2004 night she said he attacked her.

The jury, bused in from the Pittsburgh area, has paused a half-dozen times to revisit key evidence, including Cosby's decade-old admissions that he fondled Constand after giving her pills.

Andrea Constand, who has accused Cosby of drugging and sexually assaulting her in 2004 at his Pennsylvania townhouse, tweeted a slow-motion video of herself shooting a ideal basket in what appeared to be the hallway of the courthouse where the jurors are deliberating.

Bill Cosby shakes hands with his lawyer Brian McMonagle as they leave the Montgomery County Courthouse during Cosby's sexual assault trial, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial have told a judge they're deadlocked on charges the comedian drugged and molested a woman in 2004.

Each count carries a maximum 10-year prison term, though the counts could be merged at sentencing if Cosby is convicted.

Retrial would be costly, she said, and she worries that further dragging out Cosby's prosecution might push it out of the realm of public concern.

Or, it simply could be a sign that the jurors are meticulous, he said.

Cosby's lawyer said he and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy.

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.

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. It was at Temple she met Cosby, a member of the board of trustees.

She also asked Cosby's representatives for free tickets for her and her family to see Cosby's stand-up show in Toronto in August, half a year after the alleged assault.

Constand is a former college basketball star and managed the women's basketball team at Temple University.

Several of the women, who have been awaiting a verdict all week, got into arguments with a number of Cosby supporters who appeared at the trial for the first time on Thursday.

"In most criminal cases, anything short of a conviction is a win for the defense", said Rudovsky, who isn't involved in the case.

The jury told a judge on their fourth day of deliberations Thursday that it's deadlocked.

Heading into Friday's round of talks, the jury had deliberated for almost 40 hours since getting the case Monday. They also asked to rehear Cosby's 2005 deposition. Constand said on the witness stand she did not know Jackson.

Cosby later told police the pills were Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine. Judge Steven O'Neill says defense lawyers have made at least four requests for a mistrial as the deliberations have worn on.

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