Cosby jury ends first day of deliberations without a verdict

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Steele said, his voice oozing disdain.

She sat across the aisle from Constand. This is not sympathy for the defendant.

McMonagle, pounding the defense table, suggested to jurors that Cosby was the victim of a drumbeat of accusations by women who wanted to appear on television shows. Steele asked the jury, rhetorically.

"It comes out of his own mouth".

Jurors in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial are zeroing in on the night Cosby says he gave his accuser three blue pills that he described as "friends". "Why? Because of what he wanted". "Mrs. Cosby has been supporting Mr. Cosby for the entire time they've been together for 53 years", he said.

"You're there by yourself".

Prosecutors countered by saying "fancy lawyering" can't save Cosby from his own words - namely, his admission about groping Constand after giving her pills he knew could put her to sleep.

And the earlier defense team's approach in closing didn't surprise observers.

He pointed out that Constand telephoned Cosby dozens of times after the alleged assault.

McMonagle told the jury that Cosby's freedom is at stake now, not just his finances.

For the first 10 minutes of the argument, however, McMonagle told a story about a father and daughter he had seen recently in a park eating ice cream.

Instead of a lover, Steele asserted that Cosby is a criminal.

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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 lawyer emphasized that criminal charges were put into motion by attorneys in a previous civil lawsuit that offered no evidence of guilt.

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"McMonagle argued that Cosby was guilty of infidelity but no crime".

"This isn't a civil case like I told you where we're talking about money", he said. "We're talking about all the man's tomorrows".

McMonagle's tone became tinged with anger as he stressed Constand's misstatements to police about the day of the assault.

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Next, instructions are expected to be given to the jury, which will decide on the three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

The sequestered panel deliberated for about four hours late Monday before asking to go back to the hotel.

The closing arguments took place after the defense rested its case after questioning just one witness.

But in closing statements, the prosecution portrayed the actor as a sexual predator who deliberately drugged 44-year-old Canadian Andrea Constand so she would be unable to resist his assault in January 2004. By allowing Cosby's wife to enter the courtroom in the middle of proceedings while the judge was speaking, officials at the Montgomery Courthouse extended her an extraordinary and unprecedented courtesy. "And he danced and she deserved better", he said pointing to Camille, who had joined her husband in court for the first time this trial. Gianna Constand, left, who is the mother of Andrea Constand, leaves the courtroom after closing arguments in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

"I have been advised that you do not intend to testify, is that correct?"

After the prosecution took five days to outline its side, the defense case consisted of just one witness - a detective - and six minutes of testimony Monday.

The closing arguments capped a weeklong trial against the entertainer, accused of aggravated indecent assault for drugging and molesting Constand in his Cheltenham home in 2004. His lawyers said they were in a romantic relationship and what happened was consensual.

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

"You know why we're here", McMonagle said scornfully, nodding toward two Cosby accusers in the audience - Victoria Valentino and Linda Kirkpatrick - who did not testify in the case.

Last week, when Deputy District Attorney Kevin Steele and Assistant DA Kristen Feden presented their case against Cosby, Constand stuck to her story, remaining mostly unflappable on cross-examination about questions and discrepancies raised by the defense.

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