Deadlocked Cosby jury resumes deliberations on Friday


The jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial are still to reach an unanimous verdict after 40 hours of deliberations across four days. After close to 30 hours behind closed doors, the seven men and five women have been told by Judge Steven O'Neill to "try again", according to court officials to try to avoid a hung jury in the trial that started on June 5.

After three days and 28 hours of debate, the group had asked to revisit almost every critical piece of evidence from the trial that began almost two weeks ago - ranging from Cosby's 2005 deposition and police statement, in which he denied drugging and molesting the case's central accuser, Andrea Constand, to Constand's own recollections of the 2004 night she said he attacked her.

McMonagle also told jurors that, after an exhaustive investigation in which Constand had changed her story several times while Cosby's statements remained consistent, former Montgomery County District Attorney Bruce Castor determined that there was no evidence to support a prosecution and closed the case.

Cosby is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

While exasperating, the jury's deadlock and nail-biting, four-day deliberations in Bill Cosby's trial on three counts of aggravated indecent assault offered a glimmer of hope that socially, we may be moving the needle on sexual assault. Each count carries a sentence of up to 10 years. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele, right, Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kristen, center, and Bill Cosby's defense attorney Angela Agrusa enter the courtroom during jury deliberat.

On Thursday, the jury entered into its fourth day of deliberations - and announced that it can not arrive at a unanimous decision despite extended deliberations.

The sequestered jurors have appeared increasingly exhausted and upset as deliberations dragged on.

The jurors on Wednesday requested part of Constand's testimony, particularly about the night of the alleged assault, as well as testimony from a law enforcement officer who had interviewed Cosby about the incident.

O'Neill sent them back to the jury room try to break the stalemate.

Gianna Constand, the accuser's fiercely protective mother, testified that Cosby apologized over the phone to her and her daughter and offered to pay for her schooling.

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The judge has ordered the jury to continue deliberating. Constand says Cosby gave her pills that made her woozy, then violated her.

The prospect of a mistrial grows larger even as the judge directed the jury to keep working toward a verdict when they return to court Friday morning.

The three charges accuse Cosby of assaulting Constand without her consent, assaulting her when she was unconscious and assaulting her using drugs to substantially impair her ability to consent.

The star of the 1980s TV hit family comedy "The Cosby Show" faces similar allegations from dozens of women, though only Constand's led to criminal charges.

"'I have three friends for you to make you relax, '" Cosby said, recalling during the deposition what he'd told Constand.

The defense has said Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy.

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

The jurors sent the note announcing their deadlock just after 11 a.m.

In that case, Cosby would not be found guilty, nor would he be acquitted.