NORRISTOWN >> After 30 hours of deliberations, the Montgomery County jury weighing the fate of entertainer Bill Cosby told a judge that it was deadlocked.
“We cannot come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts,” jurors wrote in a note to Judge Steven T. O’Neill.
The jury of seven men and five women, which was selected in Pittsburgh, did not indicate how widespread the split is and all of them looked tired. Despite the deadlock, the judge instructed the jurors to continue their deliberations to see if they could work out their differences and deliver a verdict.
“If after further deliberations you are still deadlocked on some or all of the charges, you should report that to me,” O’Neill told jurors, who then resumed their deliberations.
Cosby, 79, showed no reaction to the jury’s announcement. His accuser, Andrea Constand, did not exhibit any outward emotion and left the courtroom with detective and prosecutors.
Defense lawyer Brian J. McMonagle and co-defense lawyer Angela C. Agrusa asked the judge to declare a mistrial, but O’Neill said “it is simply inappropriate at this time.”
McMonagle, Agrusa and District Attorney Kevin R. Steele and co-prosecutors Kristen Feden and M. Stewart Ryan did not address the media after the jury’s announcement.
The jury deliberated four hours on Monday, 12 hours on Tuesday, another 12 hours on Wednesday and two hours Thursday before announcing the deadlock. The trial began June 5.
William Henry Cosby Jr., as his name appears on charging documents, is accused of sexually assaulting Constand,…
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