Jury in Bill Cosby sexual assault trial says it is deadlocked

After over 30 hours of deliberations, the jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial reported late Thursday morning that they are deadlocked.

The jury of seven men and five women have deliberated for almost 40 hours since getting the case Monday.

As the jurors left for the day, O'Neill heaped praise on them, thanking them for their dedication and the sacrifice they've made being 300 miles (480 kilometers) from home in the Pittsburgh area. He had been charged with three second-degree felony counts of aggravated indecent assault, and each count carries a minimum sentence of five years in prison.

The disgraced comedian is now awaiting a final verdict as a 12-person jury deliberates on whether he will be found guilty of three counts of criminal indecent assault against Andrea Constand, who claims she was sexually molested by Cosby in 2004.

The jury in the Bill Cosby sex assault trial is having trouble reaching a verdict.

Judge Steven O'Neill said the jury had the written charge in its possession and that he is not permitted to define the charges any further, saying it was up to the jury to determine what the phrase means.

Earlier this week, the jury inquired about the language of the charges, specifically the use of the phrase "without her knowledge" in one count. Bill Cosby exits the courtroom during his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017.

On Wednesday, Cosby chanted the popular "Fat Albert" catchphrase to supporters after the jury's negotiations wrapped up for the day. "And they're still being able to deliberate on their own without any pressure from anyone". He says he gave her an over-over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine to help her relax and that the encounter was consensual. Cosby gave the deposition more than a decade ago as part of accuser Andrea Constand's lawsuit against him. She alleges that he drugged her and sexually assaulted her; a pattern the prosecution says the comedian has used for decades.

We'll bring you more as the case continues. Testifying for more than seven hours last week, Constand denied there was any romance between them and told jurors she had rebuffed his advances before the assault.

If convicted Cosby, 79, could have spent the rest of his life in prison.

The judge's decision was echoed by Gloria Allred, Constand's lawyer, who snapped at Wyatt for pushing for mistrial.

The AP story also notes that Cosby's team is taking this as a good sign, guessing that the jury is "conflicted about the inconsistencies" in alleged victim Andrea Constand's testimony. After that, prosecutors could decide to retry the case down the road or abandon it.

"I experienced it firsthand when he drugged me, he raped me, he threatened me to silence", Bernard told the man, her voice hoarse with emotion.

  • Salvatore Jensen