The trial ended with very little fanfare and Bill Cosby deciding to not take the stand. Now the jury that will determine his fate called it quits without coming to a verdict late Monday, following four hours and 20 minutes of deliberations.
The panel was excused at 9:40 pm, after a 13-hour day. Jurors had only sent out one note before ending the day. They asked to see a bag of pills the Cosby had handed over to cops in Manhattan in March 2005.
“Alright ladies and gentleman,” Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill told the tired-looking panel as they filed into the courtroom. “I remind you, you worked a full day. This is a conscientious jury, and a hard working jury.”
“A rested mind is a good mind for deliberations,” he said in closing.
The panel reconvenes today to continue deliberations.
Cosby faces three counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Cheltenham mansion in Jan. 2004. Cosby has maintained that he only gave Constand Benadryl.
If he is convicted, Cosby faces up to 30 years in prison and a fine up to $25,000.
Constand alleges that in January 2004, she went over to Cosby’s house in Elkins Park, Pennsylvania, after a night out with friends. According to Constand, he gave her pills to relax and that they made her semi-conscious and unable to move. Then, Cosby allegedly touched her breasts and crotch and put her hand on his penis. She further claimed that she woke up around 4 a.m. to find her clothing all over the room.
After Constand returned to Canada in April 2004, she continued to have contact with Cosby. She even took her parents to meet the comedian at an August 2004 show.
In January 2005, Montgomery County Detectives in Cheltenham, Pennsylvania opened a criminal investigation. On February 22, 2005, Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor said he “finds insufficient, credible and admissible evidence exists upon which any charge against Mr. Cosby could be sustained beyond a reasonable doubt.”
The case was dropped at that time when the prosecutor decided not to proceed. On October 27, 2015 an open criminal sexual assault investigation into the Constand case was re-opened. Cosby appeared in court on December 30, 2015, to face the three second degree felony counts of aggravated indecent assault without entering a plea, arranged for bail, and was formally charged.
Cosby’s attorney issued the following statement after the arraignment: “The charge … came as no surprise, filed 12 years after the alleged incident and coming on the heels of a hotly contested election for this county’s DA during which this case was made the focal point. … We intend to mount a vigorous defense against this unjustified charge and we expect that Mr. Cosby will be exonerated by a court of law.”