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Opening Statements in the Begin in the First Day of Bill Cosby’s Trial

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first day in bill cosby trial Today marked day one of the Bill Cosby trial and opening statements began with a bang. Cosby was at the courthouse bright and earlier. The 79-year-old comedian walked alongside his spokesperson, Andrew Wyatt on the right, and his former TV daughter Keshia Knight Pulliam, 38 and quickly walked into the courthouse trying to avoid to the media. His wife, Camille, did not come with him. She in the past publicly said that her husband is innocent but decided not to support him on the first day of the trial.

Cosby seemed to be at ease walking into court. He walked into the court with a wooden cane but he appeared to be in good health. He was seen chatting and smiling with his legal team. He also laughed and clapped them on their backs before taking his seat at the front of Montgomery County Court, Norristown. Someone from the media then asked him how he felt and he just smiled.

Even though Cosby has declined to testify, Assistant District Attorney Kristen Feden, feels like she already has enough of Cosby’s own words from his deposition in 2005 and from police reports when he was first investigated to prove that he did sexually assault Andrea Constand. She gave the first opening statement in the trial today and she said that, “Trust, betrayal and the inability to consent. That is what this case is about.”

In Mr. Cosby’s lawyer, Brian McMonagle’s opening statement he attacked Constand’s credibility, pointing out that a former district attorney in the same county had decided against bringing charges against Cosby in 2005 the first time he was accused. Mr. McMonagle said there are numerous inconsistencies in her statements to the police about the timing of events, about numerous meetings with him before the incident, and about her continued contact with him afterward, including a trip with her parents to see him perform at a resort outside Toronto. He also brought up the fact that after the alleged incident, Constand called Cosby numerous times. Phone records show that she called him about 53 times after the incident.

This trial is about a decade in the making and saw one of America’s most beloved TV dad fall from grace. Cosby met Constand in November 2002 when he attended a basketball game at Temple. Constand, who had been a high school basketball star in Canada, was the director of operations for the Temple women’s team at the time. Twelve years ago, Constand went to police to report that Cosby sexually assaulted her. Cosby is charged with three counts of aggravated indecent assault for the night in January 2004 Cosby allegedly drugged her and then sexually assaulted her.


Toby Willis Trial Continued for the Fourth Time

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toby-willis-mugshotFormer reality star Toby Willis is currently behind bars awaiting trial for the alleged rape of a 9- to 10-year-old girl and his stay appears to be extended. Toby, who starred with his family on TLC’s The Willis Family, has had his preliminary hearing continued for the fourth time. The hearing is now scheduled for March 1, 2017, according to an article in the Tennessean.

Until then, Toby will continue to be held in the Cheatham County jail without bond where he has been since September, when he was arrested for one count of child rape. The girl is rumored to be related to Toby.

The reason for the continuation? Toby’s attorney, Michael Shipman, has become concerned about his client’s mental state. He also stated that this was not the first time he had expressed concern for Toby’s competence. It was reported that he told a Cheatham County Judge that he had come to “question [Toby’s] competence” after a recent conversation he had with the former reality star.

The Judge reluctantly agreed to postpone the hearing but wasn’t happy about it. He feels like the case has been sitting for too long already. Toby will undergo a psychiatric evaluation before the new hearing date. That evaluation, which will reportedly take place at a Centerstone facility or the Middle Tennessee Mental Health Institute in Nashville, could take up to three months.

For those not familiar with The Willis family is a Christian family band from Tennessee who gained fame on the talent show America’s Got Talent and then got their own TLC reality show. The family consists of 12 kids and their parents Toby and Brenda Willis. The kids are all talented musicians, singers, and composers. They play all different kinds of instruments like the guitar, flute, fiddle and violin among other instruments and write their own Irish-flavored Christian country songs. Toby was arrested on September 9th,  just hours before his family was set to perform a concert at the Felix Martin Jr. Hall in Kentucky. It appears that Brenda is trying to distance herself from her husband and the family has stopped performing for the foreseeable future.



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