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A Pennsylvania jury was set to deliberate a fourth day Thursday, still deadlocked on whether to convict disgraced megastar Bill Cosby of committing sexual assault more than 13 years ago.

The 12-member jury informed the court that after almost 30 hours of deliberations, they had been unable to reach a unanimous decision.

Earlier Thursday morning, jurors reported they were unable to reach a unanimous decision on any of the three counts against Cosby. The jury is deliberating for a fifth day on Friday.

Outside the courtroom, Jewel Allison, an aspiring actress and model and among roughly 60 women who've accused Cosby of drugging and raping them, sobbed at the news.

Bill Cosby's accusers and supporters alike have gathered on the courthouse steps to await a verdict in his sexual assault case.

Jurors who have appeared stressed and even angry seemed more upbeat as they left court outside Philadelphia Thursday night than on previous nights, despite enduring another marathon session.

Cosby faces up to 10 years in prison on each of the three counts, but they could be merged for sentencing purposes.

However, jurors will only determine if Cosby drugged and sexually assaulted Andrea Constand, the central accuser in the case against Cosby and former director of operations for Temple's women's basketball team, in his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004.

"We have really seen Mr. Cosby get the justice he was looking for in Montgomery County", Wyatt said.

As reporters streamed out of the courtroom, poet and author Jewel Allison - one of the dozens of women who have accused Cosby of assaulting them - burst into tears.

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May announced a £5 million package to help the victims, and promised to re-house majority in the Kensington and Chelsea borough. Police have said the recovery process could take weeks, and warned some of the bodies may be too burned to be identified.

Wyatt had said the deadlock showed that jurors doubted Constand's story. A hung jury is possible and if that happens, the case will be a mistrial.

While there have been no clear indications on the progress of the deliberations, the jurors did ask to relisten to Constand's testimony, in which she describes being given the pills, and asked for clarifications on the legal meaning of "without her knowledge" by Wednesday afternoon. They introduced telephone records that showed Constand calling Cosby twice on Valentine's Day in 2004 - about a month after the alleged assault.

The jury tasked with sealing Bill Cosby's fate has deadlocked after 30 hours of deliberations.

"We can not come to a unanimous consensus on any of the counts", the jury said in a note to Judge Steven O'Neill in Norristown, Pennsylvania.

Stuart Slotnick, a NY criminal defense attorney who has been following the case, told USA Today, "A quick verdict will not be a good thing for Cosby".

Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault.

"I want to reiterate how proud I am of each and every one of you", O'Neill said as he sent the jury back to the hotel.

"In most criminal cases, anything short of a conviction is a win for the defense", said Rudovsky, who isn't involved in the case.

Throughout the week of deliberation, the jury paused at least six times to review key evidence - including Cosby's admission that he did indeed fondle Constand after giving her pills.

In that case, Cosby would not be found guilty, nor would he be acquitted.

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