Jury deadlocked in Bill Cosby sexual assault trial

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The jury is deadlocked in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial, prompting the judge to send them back to keep trying to reach a verdict.

But the 12-member jury informed the court after almost 30 hours of deliberations that they were still unable to reach a unanimous decision.

For four days and nearly 30 hours, the jurors for Bill Cosby's #Criminal Trial have been deliberating the accusations by Andrea Constand that she was sexually assaulted by Cosby in 2004. He will return to the courthouse Friday morning for the fifth day of deliberations. But the atmosphere remains calm, with accusers and supporters even holding hands.

Jurors who have appeared stressed and even angry seemed more upbeat as they left court outside Philadelphia Thursday night than on previous nights, despite enduring another marathon session. Each carries a maximum 10-year prison term, though the counts could be merged at sentencing if he is convicted.

Cosby did not testify, but his account was shown to the juror in the form of a police interview from 2005, as well as sworn depositions he gave in 2005 and 2006 as part of Constand's civil lawsuit against him.

The case stems from accusations from Andrea Constand who's case was the only one filed before the statue of limitations had expired.

Cosby's lawyer said he and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual moment of intimacy.

Cosby publicist Andrew Wyatt spoke outside the courthouse saying the deadlock shows Cosby is not guilty.

If the Judge's so-called dynamite charge doesn't unlock the hold-out (s), then in what will essentially be a stay for Cosby and a blow to the prosecution, this could mean that this case is going to start up all over again but with a new jury.

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After almost two weeks of testimony, the 12 original members of the jury remained - no alternates were needed.

Cosby, 79, was inside the courthouse waiting for the jury verdict on charges of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand, then a college administrator, in 2004.

The former star of the 1980s TV hit "The Cosby Show" faces similar allegations from dozens of women, though only Constand's claim has resulted in criminal charges.

Stuart Slotnick, a NY criminal defense attorney who has been following the case, told USA Today, "A quick verdict will not be a good thing for Cosby".

Cosby met Constand in late 2002 when he attended a basketball game at Temple University, his alma mater, in Philadelphia.

Constand's lawyer, Dolores Troiani, says only that the jury is "apparently working very hard" to reach agreement on the charges.

Bradford Cohen, a Florida criminal defense attorney, said lengthy deliberations are common during highly technical cases with numerous counts and defendants as well as copious amounts of evidence.

Jurors were also keenly focused on what Cosby said about the pills he gave to Constand before their encounter, asking for the second time in deliberations to revisit a portion of the deposition in which the comedian talked about giving Constand "three friends for you to make you relax".

The case has already helped demolish Cosby's nice-guy reputation as "America's Dad".

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