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Jury deadlocked in Bill Cosby sexual assault trial ordered to keep deliberating

15 June 2017

Since then the jury has had the court read back several portions of the trial testimony, including Constand's description of the alleged attack, a police account of an interview with her, and a deposition Cosby gave for a lawsuit Constand filed in 2005. He says he gave her an over-over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine to help her relax and that the encounter was consensual.

Wednesday evening, the jury asked for a read-back of excerpts from the testimony of Richard Schaffer, the local police detective who interviewed Cosby in 2005 about the accusations.

He reminded jurors to "decide this case for yourself after an impartial consideration of the evidence" but urged them not to "hesitate to reexamine your own views and change your opinion if you are convinced your opinion is erroneous". Some jurors looked defeated as the judge ordered them to continue deliberating.

On Friday, he took to the steps to float the idea that Cosby might testify when the defense case opened on Monday.

The jury asked the court to define the phrase "without her knowledge" in the third count of the aggravated indecent assault charge against Cosby. She says the incident happened at Cosby's home near Philadelphia in January 2004.

The jurors asked for a reading of part of Cosby's deposition from more than a decade ago in which he described giving pills to Constand on the night of the alleged sexual assault in 2004.

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The portion of Constand's seven hours of trial testimony during which she talked about the night she says Cosby drugged and sexually violated her.

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

Jurors return to the deliberation room Thursday morning, but the long road to a verdict is taking a toll.

Bill Cosby, accompanied by Andrew Wyatt, walk to the courtroom during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Defense attorneys argued that the sexual contact was part of a consenting relationship between Cosby and Constand.

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Thursday, June 15, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.

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Cosby entered the suburban Philadelphia courthouse Wednesday morning on the arm of his spokesman.

Some 60 women have come forward in recent years to accuse the married entertainer of sexual misconduct over a 50-year period, with many saying he drugged them.

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

The media presence, large but manageable during five days of testimony last week, has ballooned as the verdict seems near. "On each occasion, Andrea and I shared a hotel room", Jackson said, in the statement. Cosby, 79, pleaded not guilty to the charges.

The jury - which has deliberated for about 31 hours in all - is made up of four white women, six white men, one black woman and one black man. "When a jury is out for an extended period of time, one reason may well be is they're confused over a legal issue, and particularly how to apply the facts", said Lefco while he ate lunch Wednesday in the Montgomery County Courthouse cafeteria.

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Jury deadlocked in Bill Cosby sexual assault trial ordered to keep deliberating