Cosby jury sent home after deliberating 4 hours


Deliberations began in Bill Cosby's trial on charges of aggravated indecent assault on Monday night after prosecutors and defense attorneys made their final pleas to the jury. If convicted, the 79-year-old Cosby could go to prison for decades.

The jury began deliberating at about 5:30 p.m. EDT Monday and called it a night about four hours later.

Constand is one of dozens of women to have accused Cosby of sex abuse - often after plying them with drugs - in a series of incidents dating to the 1960s.

"Drugging somebody and putting them in a position where you can do what you want with them is not romantic. It's criminal", Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele said.

During deliberations, the jury asked to hear part of Cosby's decade-old testimony in a civil case about the pills he gave the accuser before she said she was sexually assaulted.

" 'We're not flawless, are we?' he said, pausing and looking at Camille Cosby, 73".

Detective Richard Schaffer was one of 12 witnesses who testified during the five-day prosecution case. For the first time during the trial, Cosby's wife, Camille, walked with him to the courthouse.

He is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, each of which carries a possible 10-year sentence.

The black comedian once known as America's Dad for his portrayal of kindly Dr. Cliff Huxtable on "The Cosby Show" suggested recently that race could have played a role in the case against him.

"I'm going to go home and tell my wife 'I spent my day trying to right a bad wrong, '" he said to the jury.

Cosby's defense team called just one witness, a police detective, and then rested its case Monday before launching into closing arguments.

Constand - who at the time of the assault was the director of women's basketball at Temple University, where the actor sat on the board of trustees - testified last week that the assault left her humiliated by someone she had thought of as a friend and mentor. He also described three pillars of the case had been proven: 1) Cosby drugged Constand; 2) She was "legally" unconscious; and 3) She was unable to consent to sexual activity.

Cosby's wife, Camille, was present for Monday's proceedings, the first time a Cosby family member has attended the trial. She was stoic during the defense argument but left when it was the prosecution's turn.

She sat in the front row, across the aisle from Ms Constand, who did not react to Mr McMonagle's two-hour closing, but smiled at the end of it. She sued Cosby in a civil suit and settled for an undisclosed amount in 2006.

Johnson, who worked at the William Morris talent agency, said that Cosby gave her a pill that incapacitated her and then sexually assaulted her in 1996.

According to Hartwell's motion, Pulliam never showed up for his scheduled visit with their baby, Ella Grace, last Tuesday, but that Pulliam was at Cosby's side in a Pennsylvania courtroom during Cosby's sexual assault trial.

His deposition was sealed for years until a judge released parts in 2015 at the request of The Associated Press, prompting a new set of prosecutors to take a fresh look at the case and charge him.

During his closing argument, McMonagle flipped between stage-whispered intimacy and earsplitting verbal explosions - as he ran through a long list of possible culprits he says are responsible for landing his client at the center of one of the most high-profile criminal cases in recent American history.

"Ladies and gentlemen, he has told you what he has done", he said.

Among other admissions, Cosby said in that deposition that he acquired drugs to give to women he sought for sex; McMonagle asked no questions about that on cross-examination, apparently wanting to move past talk about giving drugs to women.

He also said the pills he gave her were over-the-counter Benadryl, which he admitted can cause sleepiness.

"We're here because of them", he said, pointing to the benches of reporters covering the trial. "You don't put her in a bedroom for put her on a sofa, you do what you do to her, and then you leave her", he said, pleading with the jury.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

Steele also castigated defense attorneys for raising doubts about Constand's credibility because she waited a year to report the alleged assault and maintained contact with the comedian after the alleged assault.