Day 2 of jury deliberations in Cosby sex assault retrial

Jurors will re-hear testimony from key defense witness

Jim Melwert
April 26, 2018 - 8:58 am
Bill Cosby is shown outside of the Montgomery County Courthouse

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NORRISTOWN, Pa. (KYW Newsradio) -- After about 10 hours of deliberations on Wednesday, jurors in Bill Cosby’s sex assault retrial will begin Day 2 of deliberations by re-hearing the testimony of a key witness for the defense. 

Long-time Temple University employee Marguerite Jackson was academic counselor for Temple women’s basketball, and she says, while on a road trip with the team in February 2004, she roomed with Andrea Constand, the woman who, about one year later, would accuse Bill Cosby of drugging and molesting her at his Elkins Park home.

Jackson says, while on that road trip, they saw a news story about a prominent person who’d drugged and sexually assaulted someone. Jackson says Constand told her she had been drugged and assaulted, but when Jackson pressed her for more information, she says Constand told her it didn’t happen. Jackson says Constand later said she could say it did happen so she could get some money to start a business.

In a bruising cross-examination, Jackson was asked why this never came up until she met a comedian at a bar on cruise ship in 2016. And she was asked why there are no records of her traveling with the team in 2004.

On Wednesday, jurors asked for a definition of “consent,” and the judge told them that’s for them to determine as “consent” isn’t defined under the law.

They also asked to have hours of testimony read back to them, including testimony Bill Cosby gave in 2005 and 2006 as part of Andrea Constand’s civil suit. When that deposition was unsealed in 2015, the Montgomery County DA’s office re-opened the investigation.

Cosby says the night in question was a series of consensual encounters. Cosntand says she was incapacitated by pills and couldn’t speak or move when Cosby molested her.