Jurors determining the fate of Bill Cosby in his sexual assault
trial announced Thursday that they were deadlocked and cannot
come to a unanimous consensus,
The jury began deliberating Monday evening, and Judge Steven
O’Neill, who is presiding over the case, asked them to go back
into deliberation in another attempt to reach a consensus.
“I am required to read you an instruction. The jury foreman has
informed me that you are deadlocked,” O’Neill said. “If you are
still deadlocked, you should report that to me. If you’ve
reached a unanimous decision on some of the charges, please
report that back to me.”
If jurors are unable to reach a consensus, the judge will have
to declare a mistrial.
The jury, which had been deliberating for roughly 31
hours, is composed of four White women, six White men, one
Black man and one Black woman. The have been sequestered
in a hotel for the trial after being bused in from Allegheny
The jurors have been tasked with determining whether the
79-year-old comedian is guilty of three charges of aggravated
indecent assault: assaulting Andrea Constand without her
consent, assaulting her when she was unconscious and assaulting
her using drugs to substantially impair her ability to consent.
Prosecutors argued Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted
Constand at his home near Philadelphia in 2004. At the time,
Constand served as the director of operations for Temple
University’s women’s basketball team.
He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.
During the past week of testimony, prosecutors called 12
witnesses and presented almost no forensic evidence. Cosby,
whose attorneys only called one witness, declined to testify in
his own defense.
If found guilty, the entertainer could face up to 10 years in
prison for each charge.