COURTHOUSE >> Setting a record for jury deliberations in Montgomery County, the panel weighing the fate of actor Bill Cosby at his sex assault trial was unable to reach a verdict Wednesday after a total of 28 hours of pondering the case.
“There is no doubt in my mind this is an incredible jury that has acted with dignity. You have taken your task so seriously,” Judge Steven T. O’Neill said late Wednesday as he dismissed the jury of seven men and five women for the day. “Get some rest, get some sleep, whatever it takes to be ready to get back to work tomorrow.”
The jurors from Pittsburgh are sequestered at an area hotel for the duration of the trial. They will return to court at 9 a.m. Thursday to resume deliberations.
The jury deliberated four hours on Monday, 12 hours on Tuesday and another 12 hours on Wednesday. The trial began June 5.
William Henry Cosby Jr., as his name appears on charging documents, is accused of sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, the former director of women’s basketball operations at Temple University, at his Cheltenham mansion in 2004. He is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault and faces 15 to 30 years in prison if convicted of the charges.
Throughout the day, jurors asked to hear again portions of the testimony given last week by Constand as well as Cheltenham Detective Richard Schaffer’s testimony about his interview of Cosby in 2005.
Court stenographer Ginny Womelsdorf skillfully read the testimony to the jurors, several of whom looked tired after eight…
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