The jury in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial will start its second day of deliberations by hearing more of Cosby's testimony in the accuser's related lawsuit.
Some of these women, including Constand, have received cash payouts from Cosby in civil trials, but for numerous allegations the statute of limitations for criminal prosecution had lapsed.
Jurors will reconvene Tuesday morning after deliberating for four hours Monday night. Cosby also confessed to slipping women Quaaludes to women for sex. He says the encounter was consensual. He cited Cosby's admission that he went to his own bedroom on the night of the alleged assault at his suburban Philadelphia estate, leaving Constand alone on a couch. It was read to them by the judge. Cosby did not admit to giving Quaaludes to anyone without their knowledge.
The jury asked to hear the context of Cosby's deposition testimony about the pills, and then resumed deliberations.
"I want you to think about the courage Andrea Constand has had doing what she had to do", he urged the jury. "He gave her no choice in this matter". "I remind you, you worked a full day".
Bill Cosby stands accused of three counts of aggravated indecent assault related to the alleged drugging and sexual assault of 44-year-old Andrea Constand in January of 2004.
Yes. If he is convicted, prosecutors say, Cosby would also have to register as a sex offender and face an assessment to determine if he is a sexually violent predator.
Schaffer also said that local police officers believe that Cosby suffers from vision impairment, adding credence to the comedian's claims that he is blind.
They got the case late Monday afternoon after each side delivered closing arguments. Due to statute of limitations, Andrea Constand is the only accuser able to take a criminal case against the 79-year-old entertainer.
A conviction could put him in prison for the rest of his life.
Cosby admitted in a sworn statement that Constand neither objected nor gave permission for the sexual activity that even he admitted occurred that night. He says their sexual encounter was consensual. Judge Steven T. O'Neill said his jury charge will take about 45 minutes. Wyatt said on Friday that Camille Cosby continued to support him, despite the accusations of assault from dozens of women. This is the only case to result in criminal charges against the comic.
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.
Cosby had said before the trial he would not testify.
The former National Football League player and the actress had a short marriage after they Wednesday last New Year's Eve and separated just seven months later.
Steele meticulously itemized evidence, arguing that it supported the state's assertion that Cosby "drugged" Constand.
In the prosecution's closing argument, Steele said that Cosby's lurid statements from 2005 helped corroborate Constand's allegations.
The six-minute defence came after a week-long prosecutorial case was laid out against Cosby; several witnesses were called to testify, including Kelly Johnson, who accused Cosby of sexually assaulting her in 1996 in a similar fashion to Constand's allegations.
Once McMonagle finished, prosecutor Steele began his impassioned closing argument.
Cosby entered the courtroom Monday appearing composed and confident, contrasting with an often-glum persona from previous days.
Jurors began weighing Bill Cosby's fate Monday after his lawyer implored them to see Andrea Constand as a lying, money-seeking former paramour, while the chief prosecutor in the case portrayed her as a fearless victim seeking justice. Cosby then placed her on the couch and sexually assaulted her without her consent, she said. It was a factual yet dry counterpoint to Brian McMonagle's fire-and-brimstone closing argument for the defense. "We're talking about all of a man's tomorrows".
The jury, sequestered for the duration of the trial and unaware of the back-and-forth outside, reviewed the testimony of the police officer who took Constand's initial report.