Defense rests in Jerry Sandusky trial; former coach won't testify


Jerry Sandusky sits in a car while leaving the Centre County Courthouse, on December 13 in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania.


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The defense for Jerry Sandusky rested Wednesday without calling the former Penn State assistant football coach to testify in his child sex abuse trial.

The court is now in recess until closing arguments begin at 9 a.m. Thursday, the Washington Post reported.

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Defense attorneys decided to keep Sandusky, 68, off the witness stand despite his objections, according to ABC News.

The team instead relied on a parade of character witnesses to discredit police investigators in trying to counter the graphic testimony of eight sexual abuse accusers. Sandusky's wife, Dottie, smiled as she took the witness stand Tuesday to defend him against charges he sexually abused boys in their home and on Penn State's campus, The Associated Press reported.

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Sandusky is accused of abusing 10 boys over 15 years and faces 51 criminal counts. He could get life in prison if convicted.

Dottie Sandusky testified that she remembered most of the boys who testified against her husband but said there was no inappropriate contact. She also contradicted earlier testimony from one accuser that their basement was soundrproof, according to the AP.

Earlier Wednesday, a former participant in Sandusky's charity for troubled children told jurors that he believed investigators wanted him to provide false information about the former coach, USA Today reported.

"I felt like they wanted me to say something that wasn't true," David Hilton said.