Judge Declares Mistrial in Cosby Sexual Assault Case

The jury had deliberated for more than 52 hours
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 17, 2017 9:28 AM CDT
Bill Cosby arrives at the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Saturday, June 17, 2017, in Norristown, Pa.   (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

(Newser) – Bill Cosby's trial on sexual assault charges has ended without a verdict after jurors failed to break a deadlock, the AP reports. Jurors deliberated more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they couldn't reach a unanimous decision on whether The Cosby Show star drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004. The judge then declared a mistrial for the 79-year-old comedian.

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. His lawyer says Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter. Dozens of women have come forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby. Prosecutors get four months to decide whether they want to retry Cosby or drop the charges. (Read more Bill Cosby stories.)

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