Cosby jury hears accuser's testimony again
- Author: Salvatore Jensen Jun 18, 2017,
Jun 18, 2017, 22:36
On Wednesday it was the portion of accuser Andrea Constand's testimony about the night she claims Cosby drugged and then assaulted her while she said she felt "frozen" and incapable of resisting his groping.
The pace of jury deliberations in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial has turned out to be much slower than the comparatively lightning-fast trial. James Reape to the stand, June 8 where he began pouring over the controversial statements that Mr. Cosby made during a deposition in the civil case settled in 2006 between the comedian and Ms. Constand. "In these cases, the testimony of the complaining witness is the primary and sometimes only evidence offered by the Commonwealth against the defendant".
The prosecution leaned on Cosby's words in the 2005 deposition, in which he admitted obtaining sedatives with a view to having sex. His lawyer has said they were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.
Cosby is charged with three counts of felony aggravated indecent assault. They asked the judge to repeat two different parts of Cosby's statements to authorities, asked the court to define the phrase "without her knowledge" in one of the charges, and asked to rehear testimony from the Canadian detective who interviewed Constand.
"In my head, I was trying to get my hands to move, get my legs to move, but I was frozen and those messages didn't get there", she said, her voice breaking.
Bill Cosby and Andrea Constand.
As for Cosby's state of mind as the jury deliberates the verdict, Keshia revealed, "My interactions with him, he's been in good spirits".
The judge brought Cosby into court to make sure he'd approved of the mistrial requests, asking the comedian if he knew that a mistrial would mean he could be prosecuted again. The jurors of seven men and five women have asked that this particular phrase be defined as indicated in one of the charges, according to CNN.
During an interview 12 years ago in NY at Cosby's lawyers' office, the comedian told Sargent Schaffer and two other investigators that he and Ms. Constand never experienced penetration.
Constand testified that she was mistaken and prosecutors called a psychologist who told jurors that victims of sexual violence sometimes have trouble remembering details and engage in seemingly irrational behavior in response to the trauma.
Cosby said he gave Constand three half-tablets of Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine, to help her relax.
Constand initially told police about the alleged assault in January 2005, a year after she says it took place.
The jury has been weighing Cosby's fate for more than 24 hours over three days. Dozens of women have accused him of crimes but only Constand's led to criminal charges.