Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial declared mistrial

Norristown, Penn. —  A judge in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial has declared a mistrial.

After deliberating for more than 52 hours over six days, jurors told the judge Saturday morning they could not reach a unanimous decision on whether Cosby drugged and molested Andrea Constand at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

Prosecutors say they will retry Cosby, who remains charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

His lawyers say Cosby and Constand were lovers, sharing a consensual sexual encounter. Following the ruling, Cosby’s side declared victory.

“Ihis is what happens, juries are stuck, when a prosecutor seeks to put someone in prison for things that are simply not presented in the courtroom,” Andrew Wyatt said, Cosby’s spokesperson. “The jury stuck to what they were asked to do and that is to review the evidence before them, and there simply wasn’t enough.”

Cosby will remain free on $1 million bail.

Natalie Weber anchors Your Place @ 7, and reports for NBC5 News at 5 and 6. She is also the spokesperson for S.O. Close to Homeless, a community discussion on homelessness in our region, started by Access and NBC5 News.

Natalie began her career in journalism as an intern with NBC5 News during her senior year at South Medford High School. Following graduation, she was promoted to Producer for the morning news broadcast for NBC’s sister station, FOX26, then to Producer for NBC5 News at Sunrise.

Natalie took a break from news to work for the Medford Police Department as a Records Specialist. However, she missed the fast-paced environment of the newsroom. Natalie moved back to her hometown of Eureka, California to start her on-air career with North Coast News KAEF ABC23 before returning once again to NBC5 News.

Natalie attended Southern Oregon University. She enjoys spending time with friends and family, getting lost in a good book, and exploring Southern Oregon.

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