Cosby fate in limbo as jury readies third day of deliberations

Bill Cosby arriving for his sexual-assault trial with his wife, Camille, at the Montgomery County Courthouse.

"This is an incredible jury that has just acted with incredible dignity and fidelity, . and I don't have any higher praise", Judge Stephen O'Neill told the panel before they broke for the night.

Cosby, 79 and almost blind, is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault in connection with his encounter with Constand; if convicted Cosby faces years in prison.

Mr. Cosby contacted his lawyers to try and reach a deal in which he'd pay for her to go to graduate school and pursue a career in sports broadcasting or another field of her choice so long as she maintained a 3.0 grade point average, Mr. Cosby said according to the police report.

They also wanted to hear Cosby's wording when he referred to the three pills as "friends", as well as Constand's initial statements to authorities in Canada.

For now, the 38-year-old is not thinking about the possibility that Cosby could be found guilty, saying she'll "cross that bridge when I come to it". Cosby also declined to tell her what pills he had given Andrea Constand, but he did say they were from a prescription bottle, she testified. Prosecutors and police detectives read aloud portions of Cosby's statements to police in 2005 and in a civil deposition in 2006.

Constand took the stand last week, keeping her composure under a fierce barrage of cross-examination from the defense, which sought to portray their relationship as consensual, and Cosby's accuser as a liar. The defense rested June 9 after calling 12 witnesses over 5 days. "Simply, you're exhausted, and I respect that", O'Neill said.

Jury deliberations have entered a third day in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial.

Gianna Constand, the accuser's fiercely protective mother, testified that Cosby apologized over the phone to her and her daughter and offered to pay for her schooling. "The judge was very adamant that the jury's job, and it's not ours because we don't hear all of the evidence, but they are the ones who are going to hear every piece, every shred of evidence and it's for them to make a decision not based on bias or anything else, except for the facts of the case".

He said he was attracted to Ms. Constand the first time he met her and the two discussed her personal life, including a makeover and how her "butt" looked. They cast Cosby as an unfaithful husband - but not a criminal. "I pray for him".

"I was mistaken", she said.

Even if he's acquitted, Cosby's former sterling reputation as a beloved star and "America's Dad" is indelibly stained by allegations from five-dozen women that he drugged and/or raped them in episodes dating to the 1960s. His admissions in that deposition led Montgomery County prosecutors to file charges against him. Keshia Knight Pulliam, who played Rudy Huxtable on Cosby's famous sitcom, has accompanied the 79-year-old comedian to court over the last week.

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