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Judge Declares Mistrial in Bill Cosby Trial After Jury Deadlocks

Bill Cosby departs Montgomery Courthouse after the fifth day of jury deliberations in the aggravated indecent assault trail, in Norristown, Pennsylvania, on June 16, 2017. (Photo by Bastiaan Slabbers/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The judge in the Bill Cosby sexual assault trial has declared a mistrial after the jury became “hopelessly deadlocked.” The jury of seven men and five women had been deliberating for more than 52 hours.

Throughout their six days of deliberations, the jury asked Judge Steven T. O’Neill to define “beyond a reasonable doubt”and for parts of Cosby’s depositions to be reread.

Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand at his Philadelphia home in 2004. Kelly Johnson, who worked for Cosby’s late agent, also testified during the trial that she was drugged and assaulted by Cosby in 1996.

The 79-year-old comedian was charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault, which each carry a maximum sentence of 10 years in prison. After the mistrial announcement, prosecutor Kevin Steele said he would retry Cosby.