Bill Cosby’s defense attorney wants off the sex assault case before retrial

FILE – In this June 16, 2017, file photo, Bill Cosby’s lawyer Brian McMonagle arrives for Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. McMonagle, the lead defense lawyer in Cosby’s sex assault trial that ended with a deadlocked jury on June 17, 2017, wants off the case before a retrial, according to documents the Philadelphia attorney filed Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, seeking to withdraw as Cosby’s counsel. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE – In this June 16, 2017, file photo, Bill Cosby’s lawyer Brian McMonagle arrives for Cosby’s sexual assault trial at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, Pa. McMonagle, the lead defense lawyer in Cosby’s sex assault trial that ended with a deadlocked jury on June 17, 2017, wants off the case before a retrial, according to documents the Philadelphia attorney filed Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, seeking to withdraw as Cosby’s counsel. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

PHILADELPHIA (AP) — Bill Cosby’s defense attorney in his sex assault trial that ended with a deadlocked jury wants off the case before a retrial that’s scheduled to begin in November.

Lead defense lawyer Brian McMonagle of Philadelphia filed documents Tuesday seeking to withdraw as Cosby’s counsel. He says Cosby is taking steps to secure new lawyers.

FILE – In this Dec. 30, 2015, file photo, Bill Cosby, center, accompanied by his attorneys Brian McMonagle, left, and Monique Pressley, right, arrives at court to face a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault, in Elkins Park, Pa. McMonagle, the lead defense lawyer in Cosby’s sex assault trial that ended with a deadlocked jury on June 17, 2017, wants off the case before a retrial, according to documents the Philadelphia attorney filed Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, seeking to withdraw as Cosby’s counsel. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
FILE – In this Dec. 30, 2015, file photo, Bill Cosby, center, accompanied by his attorneys Brian McMonagle, left, and Monique Pressley, right, arrives at court to face a felony charge of aggravated indecent assault, in Elkins Park, Pa. McMonagle, the lead defense lawyer in Cosby’s sex assault trial that ended with a deadlocked jury on June 17, 2017, wants off the case before a retrial, according to documents the Philadelphia attorney filed Tuesday, Aug. 1, 2017, seeking to withdraw as Cosby’s counsel. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Montgomery County Judge Steven O’Neill will consider the request at a pre-trial conference Aug. 22.

Cosby is being retried on charges he drugged and molested Andrea Constand more than a decade ago.

Prosecutors found themselves back at square one June 17 after a judge declared a mistrial. The jury failed to reach a verdict in more than 52 hours of deliberations.

The 80-year-old comedian has said his encounter with the former Temple University worker was consensual.

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