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No Verdict Tonight: Cosby Jury Breaks for the Evening

14 Juin 2017

Since beginning deliberations on Monday afternoon, jurors have asked to hear some of Cosby's prior statements, including his description of the pills he gave Constand prior to the alleged attack.

They'll resume deliberations Tuesday morning. Cosby also declined to tell her what pills he had given Andrea Constand, but he did say they were from a prescription bottle, she testified. It was read to them by the judge.

Bill Cosby's accuser Andrea Constand leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in the Cosby trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

The Bill Cosby sexual assault trial sped to a close on Day 6, with jury deliberations beginning Monday evening after the defense opted not to present a case and closing arguments concluded.

Cheltenham Township Police Sgt. Richard Schaffer, a detective who interviewed Cosby in 2005 after Constand accused him of drugging and molesting her at his nearby home was recalled to the stand to answer follow-up questions from McMonagle, which included questions about Cosby's deteriorating vision.

"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.

Cosby, the famed comedian, did not testify in his own defense, and his defense rested after calling just one repeat witness for further questioning.

The defense could call other witnesses to try to bolster their argument that Cosby had a consensual relationship with Constand, 35 years his junior.

Cosby's legal team, led by McMonagle and Angela Agrusa, never confirmed that he would testify, and legal experts say it's usually not a wise move because it opens up a defendant to potentially damaging cross-examination.

The 79-year-old Cosby is charged with drugging and violating former Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.

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.

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Jurors also once again heard a recorded phone call between Cosby and Constand's mother, Gianna Constand, during which Cosby can be heard asking if his alleged victim is still interested in pursuing a career in broadcasting before offering to pay for her to go to graduate school. Constand - then an athletic, 6-foot-tall college basketball staffer - said they made her dazed and groggy, and unable to say no or fight back when Cosby went inside her trousers.

"This isn't talking to a trustee, this is talking to a lover", he said.

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.

But Constand's is the only criminal case against him as under U.S. statues of limitations.

Cosby arrived at court arm-in-arm with his wife, Camille, on Monday, marking her first appearance at the trial.

She sat in the front row, across the aisle from Constand, who didn't react to McMonagle's two-hour closing but smiled at the end of it.

Ms Constand, 44, told the court last week that Cosby gave her three blue pills and then molested her against her will as she lay paralysed and half-conscious. His count includes times he said he brushed her leg or cupped her face in his hands.

Defense attorney Brian McMonagle in his closing statement said Cosby was guilty of adultery but not sexual assault.

If convicted, Mr Cosby faces up to a decade in prison. 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. Cosby told police he succeeded.

Phone records showed she made no such call in January, he said, and instead show she only called Cosby's phone numbers in NY. The defence says when the case began it was about money, but now it's a about a man's liberty.

Cosby's attorneys sought to portray Constand as a woman whose allegations were motivated by money.