Judge Declares Mistrial In Bill Cosby Sexual Assault Case
A mistrial has been declared Saturday in Bill Cosby's sex assault trial after jurors failed to reach a verdict following five days of deliberations.
The jury of seven men and five women deadlocked after about 52 hours of deliberations that began June 12. It first announced they were deadlocked Thursday.
“This jury is hopelessly deadlocked,” Judge Steven O'Neill said after questioning each juror in turn about the impasse, adding, “This is not a victory for anyone.”
Cosby, 79, faced up to 30 years in prison on three charges of aggravated indecent assault.
He was accused of drugging and molesting former Temple University basketball manager Andrea Constand at his home in 2004.
Prosecutors will have to decide whether to try the funnyman a second time.
Cosby faced up to 30 years – or 10 years on each count – if convicted.
Prosecutors have not yet said whether they'll retry the 79-year-old funnyman.
The jurors, chosen from Allegheny County, have been sequestered for the duration of the trial in Montgomery County, nearly 300 miles away.
Cosby sat stone-faced as the jury was brought back into the courtroom Saturday.