The jury handling Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial said it was deadlocked and could not reach a definitive verdict Thursday, after more than 40 hours of deliberations over four days.
O'Neill had instructed the jurors to continue trying to deliver a verdict around 11:30 AM, following a note, in which they said they could not agree on a verdict on three counts of aggravated indecent assault.
After almost 40 hours of deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, Judge Steven O'Neill sent jurors home at 9 p.m.
The Rev. Andrew F. Kline, a vicar of a historic black church in Norristown who stopped by the courthouse steps Wednesday to check out the scene, said his congregation is "absolutely" talking about the case given Cosby's place in their lives.
The new round of deliberations is raising the prospects that Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial will end with a verdict instead of a hung jury.
File- Bill Cosby leaves the Allegheny County Courthouse after jury selection was completed May 24th, 2017.
Sources who have been close with jurors told YC that they have been giving select jurors the silent treatment when leaving the courthouse and entering the hotel.
More than a dozen excerpts from Cosby's deposition, including the "friends" comment and his acknowledgment that he'd gone "somewhere between permission and rejection" during a previous encounter with Constand.
Cosby used his power and fame to violate Constand, an employee of Temple University's basketball program, prosecutors argued during the trial.
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The jury is made up of four white women, six white men, one black woman and one black man.
Constand denies there was any romance between them and told jurors she had rebuffed his advances before the assault.
Mr Cosby said in a 2005-06 civil deposition that he provided pills to help her relax, but said it was a cold medication.
They had listened to Andrea Constand testify that Cosby gave her what he initially claimed were "herbal pills" to "take the edge off" - the pills turned out to be prescription sedatives - and then assaulted her while she was incapacitated.
Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted on all three felony counts. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. Jurors also asked the court to define the phrase "without her knowledge" in one of the charges, and asked to rehear testimony from the Cheltenham police detective who interviewed Cosby. Some of them looked defeated as the judge sent them back to the jury room.
The sequestered jury has been at it for more than 27 hours since getting the case Monday.
Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, says only that the jury is "apparently working very hard" to reach agreement on the charges.
But they didn't come up with a verdict, leaving them exhausted and spent after a long day in the jury room. She believes he gave her something stronger than Benadryl on the night she says he molested her.
Bernard says Cosby threatened her and her boyfriend at the time by saying he would sue them and ruin her career if she came forward with her allegations.