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Jury deliberates in former Denver Bronco Perrish Cox's sex assault trial

Perrish Cox Douglas County Sheriff's Department

(CBS/AP) CASTLE ROCK, Colo. - The jury will continue deliberating Friday in the sexual assault trial of former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his apartment over Labor Day weekend 2010.

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Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases Thursday morning, and the jury deliberated for about four hours before leaving for the day.

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

In the portion of a videotaped police interview with Cox the night of his arrest, 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."

Cox 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.

Prosecutors have laid out what they say is a straight forward case. Teammate Demaryius Thomas claims he saw Cox carry the alleged victim 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."

The woman said she originally thought Thomas had sexually assaulted her because the two had been kissing earlier. Thomas and Bronco player Cassius Vaughn, Cox's roommate who was asleep at the time, were ruled out through DNA tests. Gallo said a DNA test proves Cox had sex with the woman without her knowing it.

The woman testified Wednesday, saying she had a fuzzy memory of what happened that night and suspected she had been drugged after waking up feeling sick the next day.

But defense attorney Harvey Steinberg, during the cross-examination of witnesses, tried to paint a picture of drunkenness, and of the women being able to interact with people without remembering.

"Let's just call this what it is. These were a couple of party girls," Steinberg said in his closing argument. "What did (the alleged victim) herself do?"

In a rebuttal, prosecutor Bob Chappell told the jury: "You just heard why, the reason women are reluctant to report rape."

Cox is charged with one count of sexual assault while the victim was physically helpless and one count of sexual assault while the victim was incapable of determining the nature of the conduct. He faces two years to life in prison if convicted.


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