Another juror in Bill Cosby’s sexual assault trial came forward Monday — the first to go on camera — and said the mistrial in the 13-year-old case was due to a lack of convincing evidence for all 12 jurors to agree unanimously on a verdict.
Bobby Dugan, 21, one of the youngest of the seven men and five women on the jury, spoke to the Philadelphia Inquirer,Philadelphia Daily News and to ABC’s Good Morning America, becoming the first of the deadlocked jury to appear on camera and with his name attached to his comments.
He said the jury tried hard, some to the point of tears, but were unable to convict Cosby for a common reason criminal trials fail, especially so long after the alleged crime.
“Evidence,” he said. “We all said it a million times in the room. If there’s other evidence, more substantial evidence, we would have had a better verdict than deadlock.”
Dugan’s comments were circumspect in that he followed Judge Steven O’Neill’s instructions to the jurors not to discuss how other jurors voted over their 52 hours of deliberations over five days, ending June 17 in a deadlock that led O’Neill to declare a mistrial in Norristown, Pa., in suburban Philadelphia.
This latest glimpse inside the tense deliberations in the Cosby trial adds little to the already conflicting public record about how the jurors were split and what it was that divided them. At least two other jurors have been interviewed anonymously by the media and had different accounts of the jury’s votes, from narrowly split to widely split.
Dugan said he voted to convict Cosby on all three charged counts of aggravated indecent sexual assault stemming from an encounter with ex-Temple University employee Andrea Constand at his nearby home in 2004. Constand says he drugged and molested her; Cosby says their encounter was consensual.
Dugan said he was persuaded by other jurors’ arguments during…