Judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case after jury says it’s hopelessly deadlocked

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse, Tuesday, June 13, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) – Judge declares a mistrial in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault case after jury says it’s hopelessly deadlocked.

The Latest on Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial (all times local):

12:35 p.m.

Bill Cosby’s chief accuser is thanking prosecutors for taking her case after a jury failed to agree on a verdict. Lawyers for Andrea Constand issued a statement on her behalf Saturday. It says the trial has “given a voice to the many victims who felt powerless and silenced.” Constand accuses the 79-year-old entertainer of drugging and molesting her at his Philadelphia-area home in 2004. He says it was consensual. The judge declared a mistrial after jurors deadlocked on the charges after six days. Prosecutors say they plan to try Cosby again. Cosby will remain free on $1 million bail.

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11 a.m.

The defense side in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial is declaring victory and going on the attack after jurors deadlocked and the judge declared a mistrial.

Spokesman Andrew Wyatt said Saturday that “Cosby’s power is back.”

Cosby’s wife, Camille Cosby, slammed prosecutors for bringing the case to court. She issued a statement calling District Attorney Kevin Steele “heinously and exploitively ambitious.” She also attacked the judge, the accuser’s lawyers and the media.

The jury deliberated more than 52 hours on charges that Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand in his Philadelphia area home in 2004.

Steele says he will retry the 79-year-old comedian on three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Cosby’s lawyer says he and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

Cosby will remain free on $1 million bail.

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10:40 a.m.

Prosecutors say they’ll retry Bill Cosby on sexual assault charges after his first trial ended in a hung jury.

Jurors deliberated more over than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge Saturday they couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on whether Cosby drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The judge then declared a mistrial for the 79-year-old comedian.

Cosby remained stoic, while Constand embraced the person next to her.

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. His lawyer says Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

Cosby will remain free on $1 million bail.

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10:25 a.m.

Bill Cosby’s trial on sexual assault charges has ended without a verdict after jurors failed to break a deadlock.

Jurors deliberated more than 52 hours over six days before telling a judge they couldn’t reach a unanimous decision on whether “The Cosby Show” star drugged and molested Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

The judge then declared a mistrial for the 79-year-old comedian.

Cosby was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

His lawyer says Cosby and Constand were lovers sharing a consensual sexual encounter.

Dozens of women have come forward to say he had drugged and assaulted them. This was the only case to result in criminal charges against Cosby.

Prosecutors get four months to decide whether they want to retry Cosby or drop the charges.

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