Entertainer Bill Cosby (C) is escorted from Montgomery County Courthouse from his first hearing in the aggravated assault case against him in Norristown, Pa., on February 2, 2016. Jury selection in his trial begins Monday. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo
May 22 (UPI) -- Lawyers in Bill Cosby's sexual assault trial are set to begin interviewing potential jurors on Monday in Pittsburgh.
Jury selection comes 13 years after the actor allegedly assaulted Andrea Constand, the Temple University women's basketball team manager, at his Philadelphia home He was charged with three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault in the incident.
After 12 jurors and six alternates are selected, the trial will move 300 miles to Norristown, Pa., in Montgomery County.
Cosby's lawyers asked for an outside jury because the case had been a factor in the 2015 race for Montgomery County district attorney. Former prosecutor Bruce Castor, the Republican candidate, had declined to charge Cosby a decade earlier, and First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele, a Democrat whose office had reopened the case, attacked Castor over the case during the campaign.
Jurors will be sequestered during the trial, which is expected to begin June 5. One other accuser will be allowed to testify; prosecutors say they intend to demonstrate a pattern of Cosby's sexual misconduct.
Cosby is expected to appear in court during the jury selection process, but has said he does not intend to testify during the trial. He faces a 10-year prison term if convicted.
Depositions regarding the 2004 incident were unsealed in 2015, and prompted allegations by more than 50 women regarding Cosby's unwanted sexual advances. New information from the deposition led to an announcement of criminal charges against Cosby.