Judge again refuses to toss Bill Cosby’s sex-assault case

    Bill Cosby arrives at Montgomery County Courthouse in December

    Bill Cosby arrives at Montgomery County Courthouse in December

    A Montgomery County judge has denied Bill Cosby’s latest attempt to have his sexual assault case dismissed.

    Judge Steven O’Neill Wednesday rejected arguments that Cosby was unfairly prejudiced because prosecutors waited a decade to bring charges over a 2004 encounter at his suburban Philadelphia home.

    The ruling clears the way for the 79-year-old entertainer to go on trial by June.

    O’Neill also rejected the defense’s request for competency testing for 13 other accusers who could be called as witnesses.

    The judge has not ruled on whether prosecutors can use Cosby’s lurid 2005 deposition from a related lawsuit as evidence.

    Cosby’s lawyers say he only testified under oath after the district attorney at the time assured he wouldn’t be charged with a crime.

    Another pretrial hearing is scheduled for next month.

    Want a digest of WHYY’s programs, events & stories? Sign up for our weekly newsletter.

    Help us get to 100% of our membership goal to support the reporters covering our region, the producers bringing you great local programs and the educators who teach all our children.