WJACTV.COM :: Judge Says Jury Could get Case Thursday
BELLEFONTE – The judge overseeing Jerry Sandusky’s trial says it’s likely that defense lawyers will rest by Wednesday and that jurors could be deliberating the 51 child sex abuse charges against the former Penn State assistant football coach a day later.
Judge John Cleland told jurors of the tentative timeline after Sandusky’s legal team called three witnesses on Monday. Cleland also told jurors they will be sequestered for deliberations.
Afterward, court was recessed for the day to deal with what Cleland called a “technical issue” involving other witnesses. After the proceedings ended for the day, when asked if he would testify, Sandusky looked a reporter in the eye and said nothing.
Prosecutors wrapped up their case around 11 a.m. Monday. The 68-year-old Sandusky has denied allegations of abusing 10 boys over a 15-year period, and his attorney has suggested the accusers have financial motives.
All three defense witnesses say on Monday that Sandusky was an admired local figure because of his ties to Penn State and the outreach of his charity, the Second Mile.
The first defense witness in Sandusky’s child sex-abuse trial said he and other Penn State coaches were present in team showers when the longtime assistant brought young boys into them.
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