Trial date scheduled for Bill Cosby

NORRISTOWN, Pa. (WHTM) – A Montgomery County judge has set a tentative trial date of June 5, 2017 for Bill Cosby for his felony sexual assault case.

On Tuesday, prosecutors also filed a motion to have 13 unnamed women, who Cosby is said to have sexually assaulted, testify during that trial.

Cosby, 79, appeared in a Montgomery County courtroom for a pretrial conference.

The entertainer is charged with sexually assaulting a woman he mentored at Temple University in 2004.

The bulk of Tuesday’s hearing centered around a phone call Cosby made to the accuser’s mother. The call was played for Judge Steven O’Neil.

Cosby’s defense team argued their client didn’t know he was being recorded.

At one point during the call, after a reported beep, Cosby can be heard asking if the call was being recorded. The accuser’s mother responded, “no, I have a parrot”.

Cosby’s defense team, which was lead by Brian McMonagle, also informed the judge they intend to file a motion to move the trial out of Montgomery County.

Prosecutor, Kevin Steele, told reporters his team could be ready for a trial immediately.

“If we want to go back in and start picking a jury tomorrow, we’re prepared to do that,” he said. “That’s not the scheduled we’ve been given. It’ll give more time for the defense to prepare but it’ll give more time for us to prepare as well.”

During the hearing, Judge O’Neil said Cosby is reportedly blind and that accommodations would be needed for him during a trail.

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