After being unable to reach a verdict on Monday, jurors are back and deliberating on charges against Bill Cosby for sexual assault.
Deliberations for Cosby’s trial reportedly began on Monday at the Montgomery County Courthouse outside of Philadelphia following closing statements from District Attorney Kevin Steele and defense attorney Brian McMonagle. McMonagle argued that the prosecution’s key witness, Andrea Constand, had too many inconsistencies in her story to be a reliable witness, while Steele said that the inconsistencies were minor and little more than a distraction, with Cosby using his status as a respected public figure to gain Constand’s trust and then drug her and take advantage of her.
Cosby did not testify on his own behalf but jurors did hear his side of the story when police detectives read aloud his statements to police in 2005 and in his civil deposition in 2006 responding to the allegations. The famed comedian faces three charges — assaulting Constand without her consent, assaulting her when she was unconscious, and assaulting her using drugs to substantially impair her ability to consent. If convicted he could face up to 10 years in prison for each charge.
After deliberating for four hours on Monday jurors stopped for the day and resumed on Tuesday. To date, over 50 women have accused Bill Cosby of rape.