Jury to reconvene Friday morning

Updated: June 22, 2012, 10:19 AM ET
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BELLEFONTE, Pa. -- After deliberating for more than seven hours, the jury in the Jerry Sandusky child sex abuse trial asked the judge Thursday night if it could rehear testimony from two witnesses: Mike McQueary, a onetime Penn State graduate assistant who reported seeing the former Nittany Lions coach assault a boy in a campus shower, and Dr. Jonathan Dranov, who testified that McQueary gave him a different account of what he saw.

Judge John Cleland told the jurors that McQueary's testimony was about two hours in length and Dranov's was about 20 minutes long.

"It would be a long night" if they tried to review the McQueary testimony, the judge said.

"My suggestion to you is we address that question first thing in the morning -- if that's OK with you," Cleland said. "You've been at it a little while now. I'll leave it to your discretion."

The jury then decided to listen again to that testimony, and restart deliberations, Friday.

Sandusky faces life in prison if convicted of 48 counts of abuse of 10 boys over 15 years.

Dranov, a family friend of McQueary, said he spoke to McQueary the night McQueary claimed to have seen Sandusky engaging in a sex act with a boy of about 10.

Dranov testified Wednesday that McQueary described hearing "sexual sounds" and seeing a boy in the shower and an arm reach around him and pulling him out of view. McQueary said he made eye contact with the boy and Sandusky later emerged from the showers, Dranov said.

That account differs from what McQueary told a grand jury that investigated Sandusky and what he told jurors June 12.

McQueary testified he saw Sandusky pressing a boy up against the wall inside the shower, and that he had no doubt he was witnessing anal sex. McQueary's report to his superiors -- and Penn State officials' failure to go to outside law enforcement -- is what ultimately led to the firing of longtime coach Joe Paterno.

Dranov told the jury that McQueary didn't provide him with a graphic description of what he saw but described hearing sounds he considered sexual in nature.

"It just seemed to make him upset, so I backed off that," Dranov said.

When prosecutors asked Dranov to describe McQueary's demeanor, he said the former Penn State starting quarterback was clearly upset.

"His voice was trembling. His hands were shaking. He was visibly shaken," Dranov said.

McQueary had testified June 12 that he wasn't "overdescriptive" in his conversation with Dranov, saying he told the doctor that what he saw was sexual, wrong and perverse.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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