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Tensions rise as Bill Cosby jury struggles to reach verdict

Associated Press logo Associated Press 6/15/2017 By MARYCLAIRE DALE and MICHAEL R. SISAK, Associated Press
Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (AP) — As deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial continue into a fourth day Thursday, nerves are frayed, patience is shot and no one is certain when it will all end.

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

Some jurors appeared angry, the judge sounded exasperated and accuser Andrea Constand's mother broke down in tears Wednesday.

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial, Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

The sequestered jury has been at it for more than 27 hours since getting the case Monday, pausing a half-dozen times to revisit key evidence, including Cosby's decade-old admissions that he fondled Constand after giving her pills.

Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

Judge Steven O'Neill seemed vexed at times as the court staff struggled to answer the jury's requests. One batch of requested testimony hadn't even been transcribed yet.

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (AP Photo/Matt Slocum)

But when jurors asked to stop for the day Wednesday night, O'Neill was effusive with praise — encouraging their diligence as they weigh charges that could put the 79-year-old Cosby in prison for the rest of his life.

Bill Cosby's lawyer Brian McMonagle walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby's lawyer Brian McMonagle walks from the Montgomery County Courthouse during Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

"This is an incredible jury that has just acted with incredible dignity and fidelity," O'Neill said. "I don't have any higher praise. You have taken your task so seriously."

Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby leaves the Montgomery County Courthouse during his sexual assault trial Wednesday, June 14, 2017, in Norristown, Pa. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault. Each carries a maximum 10-year prison term, though the counts could be merged at sentencing if he is convicted.

Andrea Constand exits the courtroom during jury deliberations in Bill Cosby's his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Andrea Constand exits the courtroom during jury deliberations in Bill Cosby's his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. Cosby is accused of drugging and sexually assaulting Constand at his home outside Philadelphia in 2004. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

The case has already helped demolish his nice-guy reputation as America's Dad.

District Attorney of Montgomery County Kevin Steele walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during jury deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press District Attorney of Montgomery County Kevin Steele walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during jury deliberations in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Cosby has wavered between stoic and smiling as he awaits his fate, but gave a brief thumbs-up as jurors listened to a court reporter reread his January 2005 police interview.

Attorney Gloria Allred arrives for jury deliberations in Bill Cosy's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Attorney Gloria Allred arrives for jury deliberations in Bill Cosy's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

In it, he claimed Constand showed no ill effects from the 1 1/2 Benadryl pills he gave her to help her relax, and that she never objected to his behavior during the 2004 encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home.

Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby walks through the Montgomery County Courthouse during jury deliberations in his sexual assault trial in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Constand testified last week that she was paralyzed by the pills and unable to fight Cosby off. Her mother, Gianna Constand, pulled a cloth from her pocket to wipe away tears Wednesday as she listened to the testimony.

Bill Cosby exits the courtroom during his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby exits the courtroom during his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Cosby's lawyers maintain Constand was a willing sexual partner.

Bill Cosby enters the courtroom during his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby enters the courtroom during his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

Some jurors closed their eyes and tilted their heads down as they listened to the police interview. One slunk down in his seat, looking angry.

Bill Cosby exits the courtroom during his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP) © The Associated Press Bill Cosby exits the courtroom during his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., Wednesday, June 14, 2017. (Mark Makela/Pool Photo via AP)

"Can you find 12 people who will agree? That's the question," said criminal lawyer Alan J. Tauber, who wasn't involved in the case.

The Associated Press does not typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand has done.

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For more on Cosby, including trial updates, historical photos, videos and an audio series exploring the case, visit http://www.apnews.com/tag/CosbyonTrial.

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