JUDGE CHANGES DATE FOR COSBY RETRIAL TO APRIL

Calgary Herald - - WORLD -

NORRISTOWN, PA. A judge has sched­uled a new date for Bill Cosby’s retrial on charges he drugged and mo­lested a Canadian woman more than a decade ago.

Judge Steven O’Neill on Fri­day or­dered the retrial to be­gin on April 2. He says jury se­lec­tion can get un­der­way be­fore then. The retrial was ini­tially set for Novem­ber, but last month O’Neill granted a re­quest by Cosby’s new lawyers to de­lay it so they could get up to speed on the case.

The 80- year- old co­me­dian’s first trial in June ended in a hung jury.

The Cosby Show star is charged with knock­ing out ac­cuser An­drea Con­stand of Toronto with pills and sex­u­ally as­sault­ing her at his home near Philadel­phia in 2004.

He has said the sex­ual en­counter with the for­mer Tem­ple Univer­sity worker was con­sen­sual.

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