Cosby defense rests after calling only 1 witness

Bill Cosby arrives for his sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa. Jurors at Bill Cosby's suburban Philadelphia sexual-assault trial don't know if they'll hear from him in

Monday morning, Cosby showed up in court accompanied for the first time by his wife of 53 years, Camille.

The defense case consisted of a six-minute appearance by Detective Richard Schaffer-one of 12 witnesses who testified during the five-day prosecution case-seemingly created to remind jurors that Andrea Constand had visited with Cosby at an out-of-state casino and that police knew he had vision problems even then.

Several other defense witnesses were blocked by the judge because their testimony would have been hearsay or would have violated the state's rape shield law.

The trial has moved faster than expected with just six days of testimony.

On her podcast Kandidly Keshia, the actress shared her her reason for attending Cosby's trial, also adding that the opinions of those online were harsh.

Cosby's defense attempted to convince jurors, quite fast, that Constand and Cosby were lovers and that the encounter was consensual.

If convicted of all three criminal charges against him, Cosby could be sentenced to 30 years in prison and up to $25,000 in fines. More than 50 women have accused Cosby of similarly drugging or sexually assaulting them.

McMonagle used a big screen to show jurors how Constand's story evolved in her interviews with police, noting that she was off by two months on the date of the alleged assault and inaccurately told police she had never been alone with Cosby before.

Pointing to his client's openness with police and Constand's changing statements, McMonagle, on the sixth day of the celebrity's sexual-assault trial, sought Cosby's full acquittal in his almost two-hour closing argument.

Judge O'Neill rejected a request to call the defence's second witness, a woman who worked with Ms Constand at Philadelphia's Temple University, where Ms Cosby met the accuser. Judge Steven O'Neill asked the television star, once loved by millions as "America's Dad" for his role on hit sitcom "The Cosby Show".

"She's on the phone with lawyers before she told her mom anything", he said, his voice rising regularly in agitation.

Andrea Constand walks to the courtroom during Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa., on June 6, 2017. The jury also heard Cosby's version in the form of his police statement and his lurid deposition in her 2005 lawsuit.

The defense rested their case after questioning Schaffer for approximately four minutes.

He said Constand was always clear on the key facts: Cosby gave her unidentified pills he suggested were herbal, and then sexually abused her. She denied they had a romantic relationship and said she had rebuffed previous advances from him.

The defense called just one witness to the stand, Richard Schaeffer, one of the policemen who took down Constand's original statement. And she was one of a handful of accusers who hadn't told her story fully in a written piece or TV segment. A few steps behind, the comic legend's wife, Camille Cosby, watched from the front row of the audience. Members of the audience, including some of Cosby's other accusers who are not testifying, have not even been allowed to leave the courtroom in the midst of proceedings for bathroom breaks without being blocked from re-entering.

In his excited and animated closing, McMonagle made emotional appeals to the jury, weaving anecdotes about parenting and patriotism as he argued Cosby's prosecution was "nonsense" driven by lawyers and media attention.

This news organization doesn't typically identify people who say they are victims of sexual assault unless they grant permission, which Constand and Johnson have done.