Cosby Jury Deadlocked, Judge Demands They Keep Working

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — 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.

The panel deliberated about 30 hours over four days before telling Judge Steven O’Neill on Thursday they couldn’t reach a unanimous verdict on any of the charges.

O’Neill sent them back to the jury room to keep talking.

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

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated sexual assault.

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NORRISTOWN, PA – JUNE 14: Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse on the third day of jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial on June 14, 2017 in Norristown, Pennsylvania. ( credit – Mark Makela/Getty Images)

His lawyer says Cosby and Andrea Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home. Constand says Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy, then violated her.

Dozens of women have come forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby. The trial outside Philadelphia involves Cosby’s sexual encounter with a woman at his home in 2004. Accuser Andrea Constand says Cosby drugged and molested her. He says he gave her an over-over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine to help her relax and that the encounter was consensual.

The charges could put the 79-year-old entertainer in prison for the rest of his life if he’s convicted.

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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