BELLEFONTE, Pa. — After receiving the case following the conclusion of closing arguments, the jury in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial late Thursday night asked to review the testimony of prosecution witness Mike McQueary and the defense witness who refuted some of McQueary's comments, Dr. Jonathan Dranov -- bringing an end to the day’s deliberations.
The jurors sent out the request from their sequestered deliberation at 7:40 p.m. ET. Judge John Cleland then called them into court 50 minutes later and gave them the option of hearing audio replays or viewing written transcripts of what the two witnesses had to say. The jury is expected to address the matter Friday morning. McQueary's testimony took about two hours and Dranov's less than 20 minutes.
McQueary is the former Penn State football assistant coach who claims that, as a graduate assistant with the program in 2001, he saw Sandusky molesting a boy in the Lasch Football Building.
McQueary testified that on that same night he told his father -- as well as Dranov, a family friend -- he had seen Sandusky engaging in something sexual in nature with a boy.
Dranov testified that McQueary reported hearing sexual sounds, but that he never directly said what he saw was sexual in nature.
Defense attorney Joe Amendola.
The alleged incident involved Victim 2 in the case, one of two of Sandusky's alleged victims who have not come forward. The charges involving Victim 2 are involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, indecent assault, unlawful contact with a minor, corruption of minors and endangering a child's welfare.
A longtime Penn State assistant coach who retired in 1999, Sandusky faces 48 counts of molesting 10 boys over the course of 15 years.
The day began with closing arguments, which included a dramatic moment in which lead prosecutor Joe McGettigan walked behind Sandusky, a confused Sandusky looked back at McGettigan, and McGettigan told the jury:
“He knows he did it, that he molested and abused and hurt these children. Give him everything he deserves. Find him guilty of everything.”
Before handing the case to the jury, Cleland threw out three of the charges against Sandusky, lowering the total to 48. Cleland said that Victim 4's testimony failed to support two of the charges, and that a third was duplicative.
Shortly after hearing the jury's request to hear the additional testimony, Cleland told observers in the courtroom he did not expect any more proceedings Thursday night.
We'll be in recess until 9 o'clock tomorrow morning
probably, Cleland said, drawing a laugh from the reporters who had been hanging out in and around the Centre County Courthouse since 7 a.m.
A quick look at the busy scene outside the courthouse just before the jury let out for the night.