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Cosby trial jury begins first full day of deliberations today

Cosby trial jury begins first full day of deliberations today

It was then that a new prosecutor made a decision to charge him.

The fate of comedian Bill Cosby is now in the hands of a jury in suburban Philadelphia. After four hours they were unable to reach a verdict, and will resume again today. It was read to them by the judge.

ALLYN: Cosby's attorney, Brian McMonagle, gave a grandstanding closing argument. "They'll take the edge off", Cosby told her, she testified. They've been deliberating for two hours, and have had dinner brought in.

Later, Valentino said in an interview that she was proud to be singled out because she had helped expose a man she called "the biggest serial rapist in American history".

And all along, they said Constand was a willing romantic partner.

He acknowledged that Cosby gave Constand pills, but they were Benadryl and were meant to ease her tension.

"I'm going to go home and tell my wife 'I spent my day trying to right a awful wrong, '" he said to the jury.

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

Jurors were expected to hear closing arguments and could get the case in the afternoon. The allegation by the now 44-year-old former staffer at Cosby's alma mater, Temple University, is the only one not too old to be the subject of criminal prosecution. Cosby says any contact was consensual.

The comedian could spend the rest of his life in prison if convicted. The repercussions from the case already destroyed the family friendly image of a man whose groundbreaking work in television earned him the nickname America's Dad, and produced a stunning late-in-life downfall of one of the most beloved stars in the entertainment world. He says their sexual encounter was consensual. "And he knows the effects of what he gave her". She was stoic during the defense argument but left when it was the prosecution's turn. Cosby also confessed to slipping women Quaaludes to women for sex. This is the only case to result in criminal charges against the comic.

Steele recounted how both Constand and Cosby had referred to pills the entertainer had offered to Constand as her "friends".

Mr Steele also reminded jurors about a telephone conversation in which Cosby apologised to Ms Constand's mother and described himself as a "sick man". And he grew emotional when speaking about Constand, and accused Cosby's lawyers of attempting to shame and exploit her.

He said Constand was tailoring her story to fit a pre-ordained narrative and was continuing to do so even now, citing a detail from her testimony about the consumption of the pills that she had never mentioned before.

In his two-hour final pitch to jurors, McMonagle painted Constand as a liar who badly damaged her credibility with conflicting statements to police when she first came forward in 2005. Cosby lowered and shook his head in the courtroom as she spoke.

Sex with an unconscious person can not be consensual, Steele noted.

In his excited and animated closing, McMonagle made emotional appeals to the jury, weaving anecdotes about parenting and patriotism as he argued Cosby's prosecution was "nonsense" driven by lawyers and media attention. "What's she going to say tomorrow?" he said.

Cosby's primary accuser, Andrea Constand, received an unknown amount of money from a civil case she filed.

The lawyer wound down by saying that while Cosby was "not perfect" what was happening was an injustice.

"I have three friends for you to make you relax", Cosby said he told Ms Constand, according to a deposition transcript reread to the jury. He just testified for six minutes and the lawyers immediately started their closing arguments.

United States comedian Bill Cosby's defence lawyers have rested their case after presenting a single, brief witness in his sexual assault trial.

Judge Steven O'Neill said the jury had the written charge in its possession and that he is not permitted to define the charges any further.

District Attorney Kevin Steele's closing arguments were businesslike and direct.

At the time, Constand was the director of team operations for the Temple University women's basketball team.

Bill Cosby's wife, Camille, has arrived at court with him on the sixth day of his sexual assault trial.

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