Judge orders deadlocked Cosby jury to keep deliberating

Judge orders deadlocked Cosby jury to keep deliberating

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) - Four days after getting the case, deadlocked jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial struggled to end their impasse Thursday on charges he drugged and molested a woman in 2004, the prospect of a mistrial growing larger even as the judge directed them to keep talking. They have been deliberating for a total of thirty hours thus far.

"The court is assuming this jury is deliberating", Judge Steven O'Neill told the jurors.

The disgraced comedian is now awaiting a final verdict as the 12-person jury deliberates on whether or not to find him guilty of three counts of criminal indecent assault against Andrea Constand, who claims she was sexually molested by Cosby in 2004. Jury deliberations will resume Friday morning. "And he drugged me and raped me against my will". But the atmosphere remained calm, with accusers and supporters even holding hands at times.

At 11:30 a.m. Thursday, the judge convened the court in order read a statement from the jury that had been written about half an hour earlier. Each of these charges carries a maximum of ten years in prison, along with a $25,000 fine.

The jury also revisited Cosby's description of the night from sworn depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 during a civil lawsuit by Constand and a police interview he conducted in 2005.

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 flawless basket in what appeared to be the hallway of the courthouse where the jurors are deliberating.

In those cases, jurors who take days to come to a decision, often are engaged in a "battle of wits", he said. One, who would only give his first name as Garvey, said this was about race - a number of Cosby's accusers are black.

Constand initially told police about the alleged assault in January 2005, a year after she says it took place.

The trial outside Philadelphia involves Cosby's sexual encounter with a woman at his home in 2004.

Jury questions posed during Bill Cosby's sex assault trial.

Cosby spokesman Andrew Wyatt says the deadlock shows that Cosby is not guilty of the crime, but is not a total win for Cosby.

Constand testified last week that she was paralyzed by the pills and unable to fight Cosby off.

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.

If the jury tries again and is still deadlocked, it would be considered a "hung jury" and opens up the possibility that O'Neill will declare a mistrial.

After a week long trial in Norristown, PA that started on June 5, the once beloved and much accused 79-year old actor is facing more than 10-years behind bars for three felony charges of second-degree aggravated indecent assault against the then Temple University employee.

Both the prosecution and the defense teams have ended their cases this past Friday and Monday, respectively.

"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.

Bradford Cohen, a Florida criminal defense attorney, said lengthy deliberations are common during highly technical cases with numerous counts and defendants as well as copious amounts of evidence.

The case has already helped demolish his nice-guy reputation as America's Dad.