Defense rests in Sandusky sex abuse trial without him testifying

By Ian Simpson

BELLEFONTE, Pennsylvania (Reuters) – The defense in Jerry Sandusky’s child sexual abuse trial rested its case on Wednesday without calling the former Penn State University assistant football coach to the witness stand despite his lawyer previously saying he would testify.

An overflow crowd was present in the courtroom in anticipation of Sandusky’s testimony but was left disappointed. The courtroom staff in Bellefonte, Pennsylvania had brought in extra chairs to accommodate the crowd.

Closing arguments in the closely watched trial were expected on Thursday, with jury deliberations due to begin afterward.

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