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Sandusky Trial: Jerry Sandusky Does Not Testify; Jury To Begin Deliberations Thursday

by on June 20, 2012 10:56 AM

Updated at 12:01 p.m.

BELLEFONTE – Jerry Sandusky did not testify on his own behalf on the seventh day of his trial and the defense rested its case. 

Court was recessed for the day around 11:50 a.m. and Judge John Cleland announced closing arguments will start Thursday at 9 a.m.. The jury will then get the case to deliberate and decide a verdict. 

ESPN's "Outside the Lines" first reported Sandusky would not testify, per comment by an attorney to a reporter. ABC News outlets also verified the reports.

Court was supposed to resume at 11 a.m., but counsel stayed in chambers with Cleland until 11:45, when Joe Amendola, Sandusky's lawyer, rested his case. 

The next session took all of about one minute. 

"Your honor, at this time the defense rests its case," Amendola said. 

Even though the defense rested its case, Karl Rominger, counsel for the defense, told the judge the defense wants the counts against Sandusky regarding Victim 8 dismissed. 

The prosecution said it will respond in writing so court documents are expected to be filed.

Unlike previous days, Sandusky did not talk much with supporters after court recessed for the day. He could be seen smiling and standing with his hands in his pockets, talking with Amendola. 

Earlier, at 10:56 a.m.

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BELLEFONTE – Dr. Jonathan Dranov testified Wednesday he spoke to a much different Mike McQueary than the bold, almost angry man who last week told the jury about the time he walked in on Jerry Sandusky.

"His voice was trembling, his hands were shaking," Dranov said.

Dranov, a longtime family friend of the McQuearys, said the then 28-year-old graduate student recounted his story of what had occurred in the Lasch Football Building Shower locker room Feb. 9, 2001.

Like McQueary testified – and his father, John, too, before his testimony was cut short – Dranov said McQueary painted a less-than-graphic picture of what he saw.

"He had gone into the Penn State football locker room to put away some sneakers," Dranov said, exactly as McQueary had.

"He said he heard what he described as sexual sounds. I said, 'What do you mean, Michael?' He couldn't go on, he got more upset," Dranov said.

Dranov said McQueary told the doctor he saw a young boy peek around the shower before an arm reached out and pulled the boy back in.

"I can't remember exactly what he said after that, it was something about going back to his locker and a man came out and it was Jerry Sandusky," Dranov said.

"Each time, he would go back to the sounds, and I would say, 'What did you see?' And he would go back to the sounds."

A mandatory reporter, Dranov said he was not certain what had been described to him was actually child sexual abuse as McQueary never explicitly said it. Even so, Dranov said, he encouraged McQueary to report the incident to his boss, former Penn State head football coach Joe Paterno.

During cross-examination, Karl Rominger, counsel for the defense, asked Dranov if McQueary ever said there was an actual sexual act taking place.

Dranov said no.

Meanwhile, Sara Ganim, 24, the Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist, did not physically take the stand during trial. After an extened sidebar during which the jury was excused, prosecutor Joseph McGettigan explained the "stipulation."

McGettigan said Ganim had contact with the mother of Alleged Victim 6. They exchanged emails that contained contact information for investigators handling the case.

On Tuesday, an attorney for the Harrisburg Patriot-News filed a motion to have the subpoena served to Ganim quashed. Judge John Cleland told the attorney to find a compromise with counsels.

Attorneys for both sides agreed the stipulation would be Ganim would have acknowledged the email exchange if she took the stand. It was submitted to the jury as evidence.

Two more character witnesses – possibly the strongest, in terms of testimony so far – took the stand on Wednesday.

Both men, one in his 30s and the other 21, called Sandusky a father figure and said they spent a lot of time with him and stayed at his house many times.

Both said nothing inappropriate ever happened.

The second witness, David Hilton of Lancaster County, said he was subpoenad by investigators to talk about his interaction with Sandusky. Hilton said he told them all he could, but felt like police were "looking for a certain answer."

Court recessed for the first time today at 10:30 a.m. and will resume at 11 a.m.

Laura Nichols is a news reporter and @LC_Nichols on Twitter.
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