Cosby jury hunkers down for 3rd day in sex assault case

On Wednesday it was the portion of accuser Andrea Constand's testimony about the night she claims Cosby drugged and then assaulted her while she said she felt "frozen" and incapable of resisting his groping. Cosby pleaded not guilty to three charges of aggravated indecent assault. If convicted, he will be required to register as a sex offender.

Cosby, 79, is charged with drugging and sexually assaulting Andrea Constand in his Cheltenham home in 2004.

Before Wednesday's reading of Constand's testimony, the jurors had asked Judge O'Neill a total of four questions seeking clarification and re-reading of excerpts of Cosby's own words about his encounter with Constand at his home in suburban Philadelphia. "We know what this is probably doing for them emotionally and we just want to let them know that there's so many of us out there cheering them on".

Constand testified the pills, which she said Cosby suggested were herbal, left her disoriented and unable to resist him.

The 12-member jury, which already deliberated more than 15 hours on Monday and Tuesday, working late into the evening on both nights, has been sequestered for the duration of the trial. He further said that, in her first interview, she claimed to have never been alone with his client before the alleged attack, but later contradicted that statement saying that she spent time alone at his home before the alleged assault at a CT casino resort.

"I was mistaken", she said.

The trial marks a steep fall from grace for an entertainer for decades loved by millions as "America's Dad" for his seminal role as a lovable father and obstetrician on hit TV series "The Cosby Show". The investigation initially was undertaken by former District Attorney Bruce L. Castor Jr., who in February 2005 determined there was insufficient and unreliable evidence to prosecute Cosby, who was 67 at the time.

Prosecutors have portrayed Cosby as a serial predator.

The panel made a decision to stop Wednesday night after revisiting a police interview where the comedian acknowledged giving accuser Andrea Constand pills and fondling her at his suburban Philadelphia estate.

Cosby said he gave Constand three half-tablets of Benadryl, an over-the-counter cold and allergy medicine, to help her relax.

The panel also wanted to hear again from Cosby, who didn't testify at his trial but gave a deposition as part of Constand's civil suit against him and submitted to a police interview about her accusations.

Jackson, a student adviser at Temple University where Constand worked as director of basketball operations for the women's basketball team, said she had regular contact with Constand and, as a result, the two became fast friends.

Pennsylvania detectives spoke to Cosby in his lawyers' New York City offices a few weeks after Constand went to police in January 2005.