Jury reaches verdict in former Bronco’s trial

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CASTLE ROCK, COLO. (AP) - A Colorado jury has reached a verdict in the sexual assault trial of former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox.

The six-man, six-woman jury met for about four hours Thursday and resumed deliberations Friday morning before assembling in the courtroom for the reading of the verdict.

Prosecutors say the evidence is straightforward: The alleged victim tells authorities she doesn’t remember having sex the night she spent at Cox’s apartment, but she became pregnant and DNA indicates Cox is the father.

Cox’s defense attorney told jurors the alleged victim and another woman who had gone to Cox’s apartment are “party girls,” they were drinking, and they don’t remember many parts of that night, including possibly having sex with each other or with Cox.

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Deliberations resumed Friday in the sexual assault trial of former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox, after testimony ended with jurors watching a video of him expressing shock that the alleged victim was pregnant and that he was accused of raping her.

Cox is charged with sexually assaulting the woman in his apartment over Labor Day weekend 2010. Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases Thursday morning, and the jury deliberated for about four hours before leaving for the day, after closing arguments concluded early in the afternoon. They were back in session Friday morning.

In the portion of a videotaped interview that detectives did with Cox the night he was arrested, Lone Tree Police Department Detective Steve Hipp informs Cox that his DNA indicates he impregnated the woman. Cox then sits back and says, “Are you serious?”

“I never raped nobody,” Cox told the detective as both spoke in loud voices. “I’m losing it because, seriously, I never touched this girl.”

The interview ends with Cox asking: “I’m going to jail? You’re kidding me. What am I supposed to do? I didn’t.”

Later, Hipp testified that he took Cox to a holding cell where Cox later asked him, “What if she jumped on me when I was passed out?”

Cox also told the detectives that another girl, Carthy Che, a woman he was dating at the time, was also at the apartment. He said he could have had sex with her if he wanted sex.

Cox was arrested after the alleged victim realized she was pregnant and contacted police.

Prosecutors have laid out what they believe is a straight forward case. Teammate Demaryius Thomas saw Cox carry her onto his bed and say, “she’s ready.”

Prosecutor Chris Gallo says Cox’s statement shows what state of mind he was in. Gallo told jurors that Cox expected to have sex with Che, who testified she was sick. And there was the alleged victim, lying on his bed and “ready.”

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