Keshia Knight Pulliam will always be there for Bill Cosby
- Author: Joanne Flowers Jun 23, 2017,
Jun 23, 2017, 9:14
Jury deliberations have entered a third day in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial. But the defense team called just one witness to the stand and rested their case in just a handful of minutes. Mr. Cosby told the judge he would not testify in his defense.
It was the sixth question or request from the jury since the seven men and five women got the case Monday evening. It was her first day present at her husband's trial.
Accuser Andrea Constand, a 44-year-old Canadian who is a former operations manager for Temple University's women's basketball team, accused the 79-year-old celebrity of drugging and sexually assaulting her in his Cheltenham home in January 2004.
Gianna Constand was defiant in cross-examination, often firing back at defense attorney Angela Agrusa's questioning. Cosby would be required to register as a sex offender, Montgomery County District Attorney spokeswoman Kate Delano told ABC News, and would undergo sexual violent predator analysis to determine how long he would need to remain registered, as well as a more typical pre-sentencing investigation.
Cosby's felony sexual assault case was handed over to jurors on Monday (11Jun17). "The testimony of the defendant may be used to assess the defendant's intent or motive and plan where the prosecution's theory is that the defendant operates according to a certain pattern", she said.
As he described reaching into Constand's trousers, Cosby testified, "I go into the area that is somewhere between permission and rejection".
Pierro, who moved to D.C. a month ago from Peru, countered and said, "I don't think the jury makeup will play a huge role into it".
"She said she hadn't. She did not stop me".
Cosby said he gave Constand three half-tablets of Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine, to help her relax.
Accuser Constand and her mother sat in the gallery as the interview was read. Count three pertains to whether Cosby administered "drugs, intoxicants or other means for the objective of preventing resistance" without Constand's knowledge. She claimed she passed out, but was "jolted awake" when she felt her body being violated.
Constand told the court in Norristown, Pennsylvania last week that the assault left her humiliated by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor. But the brisk story laid out by prosecutors has focused mostly on what happened one night in 2004 at Cosby's suburban Philadelphia home. A photo of those bottles was shown on a screen in court June 8. 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.
"I told her to take it", Cosby testified in 2005.
Prosecutors summoned Montgomery County Det. Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts. Some 60 women have come forward accusing Mr. Cosby of sexually violating them, but the statute of limitations for prosecution had run out in almost every case.
Constand's is the only criminal case against him as under United States law, most of the alleged abuse happened too long ago to prosecute.