Judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby sexual assault case

Judge declares mistrial in Bill Cosby sexual assault case
Posted at 7:26 AM, Jun 17, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-17 10:56:58-04

(KGTV) - A judge has declared a mistrial in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial after jurors deadlocked on all charges for the second time.

According to ABC News, the prosecution will seek to retry the case.

A statement was read shortly following the decision from Cosby's wife, Camille, as Cosby himself stood quietly in the background.

"How do I describe the district attorney? Heinously and exploitively ambitious. How do I describe the judge? Overtly arrogant and collaborating with the district attorney. How do I describe the counsels for the accusers? Totally unethical," Camille's statement started.

"I am grateful to any of the jurors who tenaciously fought to review the evidence which is the right way to make a sound decision."

Thursday, the judge told jurors to continue deliberation after they first reported they were deadlocked in reaching a verdict. 

"I am required to read you an instruction. The jury foreman has informed me that you are deadlocked," Judge Steven O'Neill said. "If you are still deadlocked you should report that to me. If you've reached a unanimous decision on some of the charges, please report that back to me."

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Jurors had deliberated for more than 50 hours throughout this week, before Saturday's declaration of a mistrial.

Cosby, 79, pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault. 

Prosecutors have argued the comedian drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, the director of operations for Temple University's women's basketball team, in January 2004.

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Dozens of other women have also accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. Constand's claims are the only ones that have led to criminal charges.

ABC News contributed to this report. This is a developing story. Stay with 10News as more information becomes available.