Bill Cosby case handed to jury


The judge in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial instructed jurors to break for the evening on Monday, after four hours of deliberations.

Around 9:30 p.m, court officials made the decision to send the jury home, a decision that the deliberating jurors were in favor of, O'Neill said."At this stage, this jury has been in this courthouse for 13 hours", O'Neill said.

Sixty women have accused Cosby of drugging them, sexually assaulting them, or both.

"Cosby was charged a year and a half ago, just before the statute of limitations was set to run out". In that case he gave damaging testimony, but it did not become public until 2015. He showed jurors copies of deposition transcripts and police interviews in which Cosby admitted to giving Constand a dose of Benadryl, an over-the-counter allergy medication he uses as a sleep aid, and discussing his sexual preferences.

They'll resume deliberations Tuesday morning.

It took just six days for the case to go before the jury, consisting of seven men and five women, and they will now rule on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault that Cosby faces.

Constand, 44, testified last week that Cosby gave her three blue pills and then penetrated her with his fingers against her will as she lay paralyzed and half-conscious.

In his excited and animated closing, McMonagle made emotional appeals to the jury, weaving anecdotes about parenting and patriotism as he argued Cosby's prosecution was "nonsense" driven by lawyers and media attention. But he too raised his voice at times during his more than two-hour closing argument.

The disgraced comedian is fighting three charges of aggravated indecent assault, amid allegations he drugged and attacked Andrea Constand, a former employee at his alma mater, Temple University, during a 2004 encounter at his Pennsylvania home. "What's she going to say tomorrow?" he said. Constand testified at trial that she did not know who Marguerite Jackson was. "It's criminal", the district attorney Kevin Steele said.

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The jury in Bill Cosby's suburban Philadelphia sexual assault trial has ordered dinner after 90 minutes of deliberations. He noted she first told police that she cut off contact with Cosby after the incident but actually called him more than 50 times over two months.

The defense could call other witnesses to try to bolster their argument that Cosby had a consensual relationship with Constand, 35 years his junior.

That means a conviction would put Cosby in prison at least until he is 84 years old, based on state sentencing guidelines.

Legal experts said testifying would have been a risky move that could have opened the TV star to withering cross-examination about some of the 60 or so other women who have accused him of drugging or molesting them. He says their sexual encounter was consensual. Legal experts and courtroom observers generally dismissed that suggestion as a bluff, perhaps created to throw prosecutors - who ended with a lot of momentum - off balance. Constand testified the pills left her disoriented and unable to resist him.

Dozens of women have come forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them.

The lawyer emphasized that criminal charges were put into motion by attorneys in a previous civil lawsuit that offered no evidence of guilt.

The Cosby defense presentation was startlingly fast: one witness, a police detective, who was on the stand for a total of six minutes. Last week, police detectives read aloud his statements to police in 2005 and in his civil deposition in 2006 responding to the allegations. He has denied any wrongdoing. Camille Cosby also sat in the front row, with a few other people and the aisle between them.

Prosecutors are poised to give their closing argument Monday afternoon. Cosby lowered and shook his head in the courtroom as she spoke.

Gianna Constand, left, who is the mother of Andrea Constand, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, . The defence says when the case began it was about money, but now it's a about a man's liberty. Constand told the jury she was merely returning his calls about the women's basketball squad at Temple University, where she worked as director of team operations and he was a member of the board of trustees.