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Sandusky Trial: Verdict Reached, Will Be Announced in 20 Minutes

by on June 22, 2012 7:53 AM

Updated at 9:38 p.m.

BELLEFONTE — Jerry Sandusky will know his fate in about 20 minutes.

Media received an email that said the jury has reached a verdict and court will reconvene in about 20 minutes for it to be read.

Sandusky was seen leaving his home only minutes earlier, escorted by county police. 

Sandusky, 68, faces 48 counts in a child sexual abuse case. He is alleged to have abused 10 boys over a 15-year period. 

He maintains his innocence.

Updated at 8:32 p.m.

BELLEFONTE — Standing outside the Centre County Courthouse, Karl Rominger, counsel for Jerry Sandusky, answered his cell phone and replied, "I'll be right there." 

Currently, all attorneys are in chambers though there is no sign of a verdict. 

Updated at 8 p.m.

BELLEFONTE — Pennsylvania Attorney General Linda Kelly arrived at the Centre County Courthouse around 7:30 p.m. Friday as jury deliberations continue in the Jerry Sandusky child sexual abuse trial.

The jury's dinner break wrapped at 7:30 p.m., but there is no indication a verdict will come anytime soon. 

Updated at 6:36 p.m.Op

BELLEFONTE — As the 18th hour approached on jury deliberations in the Jerry Sandusky trial Friday night, no decisions were made except for what to have for dinner. 

The jury took an hour-long dinner break at 6:30 p.m. amid mounting anticipation over the verdict.

Earlier, Joe Amendola, Sandusky's lawyer, sounded off on a number of topics regarding the trial, including calling his client, "an overgrown child." 

Deliberations resume at 7:30 p.m.

Updated at 3:30 p.m.

BELLEFONTE — The jury, attorneys and Judge John Cleland reconvened in the Centre County Courthouse around 3:30 p.m. Friday to discuss a supplemental charge regarding Alleged Victim 8.

Cleland said while the jury can consider the statement made by the janitor who testified that a former colleague said he saw Jerry Sandusky abusing a boy in the shower of the Lasch Football Building, his was only heresay, as the janitor who allegedly saw the act first hand is unable to testify. 

Cleland said in order for a charge to stick regarding Victim 8, the jury has to be satisfied that there is evidence, be it circumstantial or otherwise.

Circumstantial evidence can support a verdict of guilty on any count, Cleland said.

The jury returned to its deliberations around 3:40 p.m. with no indication of when a verdict will be reached. 

Updated at 11:28 a.m.

BELLEFONTE — In monotone voices, attorneys read back the transcript of Mike McQueary's and Dr. Jonathan Dranov's testimony around 9 a.m. Friday at the request of the jurors in the continuing Jerry Sandusky trial jury deliberations. 

Sidebars, recesses and objections were skipped over to expedite the readings and court recessed pending further developments around 11 a.m. 

A few jurors were seen laughing at comments as they were seated. It was an unusual character change for a normally stoic audience. 

Earlier, at 7:53 a.m.

BELLEFONTE — Jurors will reconvene Friday morning at the Centre County Courthouse to deliberate the 48 charges Jerry Sandusky faces in his child sex abuse case.

They'll start their day by re-hearing testimony surrounding alleged victim No. 2, the young boy former Penn State assistant football coach Mike McQueary saw being sexually molested by Sandusky in the Lasch Football Building showers in 2001.

Once McQueary left the football facility to go to his parents' house that night, his father summoned his dear friend, Dr. Jonathan Dranov, to the house to help discuss proper action on what to do next.

McQueary's testimony lasted about two hours, Dranov's about 20 minutes.

Here are key points the jury will revisit:

Mike McQueary

  • He said Sandusky was standing naked behind the boy, slowly moving his hips.
  • McQueary said upon entering the shower, he heard skin-on-skin slapping sounds.
  • He said he had no doubt he was witnessing anal sex.
  • McQueary said after he slammed his locker, the coach and boy were standing a few feet apart looking at him. He said he made eye contact with them.
  • McQueary said it was out of respect for his father, Joe Paterno and the other men his seniors that he did not divulge any details to them that he considered too perverse, vulgar or overly sexual.
  • McQueary said he never saw an arm pull the boy back into the shower.
  • He said he never actually saw anal penetration occur.

Dr. Jonathan Dranov

  • He said McQueary told him he heard "sexual sounds" upon entering the shower.
  • Dranov said McQueary told him he saw a young boy peek around the shower before an arm reached out and pulled the boy back in.
  • Dranov said he was not certain what had been described to him was actually child sexual abuse, as McQueary never explicitly said it.
  • 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.
  • Dranov described McQueary as "visibly shaken," a state he rarely, if ever, saw him in.

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