Cosby Jury Remains Deadlocked On Fifth Day Of Deliberations

Katie Jerkovich | Contributor

The jury in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial remain deadlocked Friday on their fifth day of deliberations, according to USA Today.

Outside the Norristown, Pennsylvania courtroom, the 79-year-old actor waved to cameras as he entered the building for the 10th day in the trial, where he’s accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his home in Philadelphia in 2004. (RELATED: Prosecutors Present Shattering Statements In First Day Of Cosby Trial)

Picture by: Lucas Jackson / Reuters / Splash<

Bill Cosby (Picture by: Lucas Jackson / Reuters / Splash)

The jury deliberated for 20 minutes Friday before making another request to speak to the judge as they have done multiple times since they got the case on Monday.

They asked to hear the definition of “reasonable doubt” and to hear the testimony Cosby gave in his 2005 deposition from the civil suit filed by Constand, specifically the part that dealt with his use of Quaaludes that he gave to women that he wanted to “have sex with.”

“Question: When you got the Quaaludes, was it in your mind that you would use these Quaaludes to give to women you wanted to have sex with? Answer: [Cosby] Yes. Question: Did you ever give the Quaaludes to women without their knowledge? Answer: [Cosby] No. Question: Did you know at that time that it was illegal for you to dispense those drugs? Answer: [Cosby] Yes.”

Jurors were then sent back to the room to continue deliberating.

The judge also rejected the defense’s second request to declare a mistrial after the defense stated that the jury had deliberated long enough and were most likely not going to come to a unanimous verdict.

The 12-member jury — made up of seven men and five woman — told the judge on Thursday they were deadlocked an all three counts of aggravated indecent assault against the actor. He ordered them to keep deliberating.

On Wednesday, the jury asked to hear part of Constand’s testimony again about what she said happened that night at Cosby’s home in 2004. They also reviewed Cosby’s six-hour testimony he gave in his 2005 interview with police when he admitted giving Constand anti-allergy pills, but called what happened between them consensual.

On Tuesday, the jury asked the judge to reread comments Cosby made 10 years ago about his and Constand’s relationship and asked to look at testimony given in 2005 by a Canadian officer who took Constand’s original report. The group also requested a definition on the third count against the actor that deals with whether or not he gave her a substance “without [her] knowledge” for the main reason of “preventing resistance.”

Cosby has pleaded not guilty to the charges. If convicted, he faces up to 10 years behind bars.

Katie Jerkovich

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