Sandusky Jury Retires for the Night

Panel spent more than 7 hours deliberating on Thursday

The jury deliberating the fate of alleged child sexual predator Jerry Sandusky will return to the courtroom Friday morning at 9 a.m.

The panel deliberated more than seven hours on Thursday without reaching a verdict. 

At one point, they asked the judge if they could listen again to testimony from two witnesses:  Mike McQueary, a onetime graduate assistant who reported seeing Sandusky assault a boy in a Penn State shower, and Dr. Jonathan Dranov, who testified that McQueary gave him a different account of what he saw.
Judge John Cleland told the jurors that McQueary's testimony was about two hours in length and Dranov's was about 20 minutes long.

``It would be a long night'' if they tried to review the McQueary testimony, he said.

The judge suggested the jury address the question first thing in the morning.

Before deliberations began, Matt Sandusky, one of six adopted children, said through his attorney on Thursday that "he is a victim of Jerry Sandusky's abuse."

The story broke Thursday afternoon, after jurors -- who are being sequestered -- had started deliberations.

NBC News reported Jerry Sandusky did not take the stand in his own defense because Matt was prepared to testify against him.  Instead, after an extended break on Wednesday, lead defense attorney Joe Amendola rested his case.

Attorney Karl Rominger, a member of Jerry's defense team, responded to Matt's allegations by saying, "His lawyers know we're gagged and can't respond," according to reporter Sara Ganim.

Jerry Sandusky, a former Penn State football coach, is accused of sexually abusing 10 boys over a period of 15 years.

He faces 48 counts related to those alleged abuses.

In closing arguments on Thursday, Amendola cast Jerry Sandusky as a victim of investigators, lawyers and alleged victims whose real motives were financial. The prosecution called him a serial predator.

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