Jury in Bill Cosby case asks about language in 1 charge

Posted June 14, 2017

Andrea Constand, center, hugs a supporter as she walks to the courtroom for Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Tuesday, June 13, 2017.

Bill Cosby arrives with publicist Andrew Wyatt at the Montgomery County Courthouse as the jury deliberates in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pennsylvania June 13, 2017. Seven men and five women spent four hours deliberating on Monday.

In another, jurors asked the judge, Steven T. O'Neill, to define "without the knowledge" of the victim in the sexual-assault count pertaining to the administering of an intoxicant.

The 12-member jury, havefailed to reach a verdict on Monday. Deliberations began yesterday evening.

But Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele insists Mr Cosby was a sexual predator who altered the story to make it appear that the two were involved in a relationship.

The most dramatic moment during the trial came when his accuser, Andrea Constand, entered the courtroom to tell her story and faced Cosby, whose legacy was on the line, for the first time since his arrest.

Cosby is charged with drugging and molesting Constand, 44.

In his depositions, Cosby said the pills were Benadryl, a common allergy drug whose side effects can include drowsiness, and maintained the subsequent sexual encounter was consensual.

According to the deposition, as he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection". Constand - an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her trousers.

Brian McMonagle, one of Cosby's lawyers, also delivered a dramatic closing argument, highlighting Constand's inconsistencies and those of Johnson, the other accuser who testified last week. Cosby was also on a sitcom with an episode where all the men got pregnant, so let's calm down a bit about him "fathering a generation".

The 79-year-old pioneering black comedian risks spending the rest of his life in prison if convicted on three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in jail and a $25,000 fine, following one of America's biggest celebrity trials in years.

According to the Inquirer, Marguerite Jackson, the assistant director of advising for the Boyer College of Music and Dance, claimed Constand told her she was sexually assaulted in the defense's statement.

Testimony revealed Constand, who was 31 at the time of the incident, did not report the allegations to police until a year later, in January 2005. The 79-year-old entertainer did not take the stand at his trial, but prosecutors used his deposition testimony as evidence.

On Tuesday, the jury asked to see the portion of Cosby's 2005 sworn testimony where he refers to the pills he gave Constand as his "friends".

The prosecution had interviewed Constand and one other woman who said Cosby had raped her in 1996.

The jury, sequestered for the duration of the trial and unaware of the back-and-forth outside, was keenly focused on what Cosby said about the pills he gave to Constand before their encounter.

In a tense cross-examination, defense attorneys pointed out that several of Constand's initial statements to police, including the date of the alleged assault, were later proved to be false.

OH police say a suspect in the deaths of a mother and her two daughters may also have been involved in a separate double homicide nearby. They said the charges were filed too late. Constand's lawyer says Jackson isn't being truthful.