Deliberating jurors in Sandusky trial to review testimony

BELLEFONTE, Pa. — The jury in the child sex abuse trial of former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky will reconvene today and jurors will review the testimony of two witnesses.

On Thursday, after just eight days of evidence, the high-profile case was placed in the hands of 12 men and women, most of whom have ties to the university and now-defunct children's charity at the center of the scandal.

Sandusky was either a "predatory pedophile" who lured young boys to Penn State with gifts and access to big-time football, or a victim of now-grown men who lied to get a payout, attorneys argued Thursday as the former coach's child sex abuse case went to a jury.

One of Sandusky's adopted sons came forward for the first time to say that his father had abused him. Matt Sandusky, 33, was prepared to testify for prosecutors at the trial, his attorneys said in a statement. The statement didn't specify what the alleged abuse was.

The elder Sandusky, who faces life in prison if convicted of 48 counts of abuse of 10 boys over 15 years, was smiling and chuckling to himself as prosecutors wrapped up closing arguments. His wife, Dottie, leaned forward in her seat with a concerned look, resting her chin in her hands.

The former assistant football coach was arrested last November in a scandal that led to the firing of beloved head coach Joe Paterno, who died of cancer in January, and the departure of the university's president.

Prosecutors said Sandusky was "a serial, predatory pedophile" who used gifts and the pageantry of Penn State's vaunted football program to attract and abuse vulnerable boys who came from troubled homes.

The jury on Thursday evening asked the judge if it could review the testimony of Sandusky's former colleague Mike McQueary and doctor Jonathan Draynov, FOX News Channel reported. It was agreed they would do so this morning and they returned to their deliberations. However, they soon called it a night.

In his closing arguments Thursday, lead defense attorney Joe Amendola argued Sandusky is a victim of overzealous detectives and his accusers' desire for a financial windfall.

"Folks, do we have to get hit in the head with a brick to figure this out? This man's life is at stake," Amendola told the jurors, according to The Patriot-News. "I'll be the first to tell you, if he did this, he should rot in jail for the rest of his life. But what if he didn't do this?"

He added, "The system decided Mr. Sandusky was guilty and the system set out to convict him."

Senior Deputy Attorney General Joseph McGettigan dismissed Amendola's conspiracy theories as he addressed the jury for the final time Thursday.

"It's not about conspiracies. ... It's not about fame, or fortune, or money," McGettigan said, according to The Daily Collegian. "I don't think troopers get raises for doing their jobs."

McGettigan closed his arguments by walking over and pointing his finger directly at Sandusky seated at the defense table.

"He knows he did it and you know he did it," McGettigan said. "Acknowledge it and give the people who said they were abused by him justice and give Sandusky the justice he really deserves."

Sandusky, who has pleaded not guilty, faces 48 counts of sexual abuse after the judge dismissed four of the original 52 counts. The 68-year-old is accused of molesting 10 boys over a 15-year period, using his charity, Second Mile, to meet and maintain contact with children.

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