Judge O’Neill Declares Mistrial in Cosby Sex Assault Trial

A jury of seven men and five women could not reach a verdict on the three charges filed against Bill Cosby in connection with allegedly sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Cheltenham Township home in January of 2004.

The jury deliberated until Saturday morning, a sixth day, before informing Judge Steven O’Neill that they were hopelessly deadlocked. The jury heard testimony about the incident in which Constand accused Cosby of giving her three blue pills and wine at his home to relax her. Constand testified that she was at his home seeking advice about her career. Constand said after she took the pills she became foggy and unable to fend off Cosby’s alleged sex assault after he led her to a sofa. The trial also included testimony from another woman, Kelly Johnson, who claims that Cosby sexually assaulted her in 1996 when he allegedly gave her a pill in a Los Angeles hotel room when she was employed by a talent agency. Constand’s mother also testified that Cosby called her and apologized for what he had done to Andrea. Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele says he will retry the case. Steele, in a news conference following the announcement of the mistrial, said the process will take another 120 days before the next trial can begin. A deposition Cosby agreed to take part in for Andrea Constand’s civil trial was used in the trial. Cosby admitted to using Quaaludes with women in the 1970’s that he wanted to have sex with. The defense tried to block the deposition from trial, but since there was no written agreement in 2005 with then D.A. Bruce Castor not to charge Cosby, he agreed to the deposition. Cosby and Constand met while Constand was employed at Temple University as a member of the women’s basketball program. Cosby maintained that the sex he had with Constand at his home in January of 2004 was consensual.