>> Bill Cosby ordered to stand trial for sexual assault. A federal judge on Tuesday, ruling there's enough evidence for the once venerated comedian to face criminal charges for drugging and attacking a woman in 2004. The decision coming after a preliminary hearing, in which witnesses testified about statements from Cosby and his accuser Andrea Constand, a former women's basketball coach at the entertainer's Alma Mater, Temple University.
Reuter's Joseph Ax was in the courtroom in Norristown, Pennsylvania.>> Andrea Constand didn't appear to the witness in person. Instead, prosecutors chose to call a former police detective who took her statement regarding the assault way back in 2005. Constand said that she was at Cosby's house, that he, at one point offered her some unidentified pill that he said would help her relax and would quote, take the edge off after she had expressed to him that she was feeling tense.
She took the medication, she had a little bit of wine, and she told him I trust you. Within an hour she said she was on his couch feeling like her legs were rubbery, going in and out of consciousness. She said she was unable to speak, unable to tell him to stop, and he was sexually assaulting her before she realized what was happening.
>> Defense attorneys criticized Constand's decision not to testify Tuesday. Saying it meant they couldn't ask about any inconsistencies in her story. The now 43 year old is one of more than 50 women who've accused Cosby of assault. Some allegations dating as far back as the 1960s. But criminal charges could not be filed in those cases because the statutes of limitations had expired.
Constant did settle a civil lawsuit with Cosby out of court more than a decade ago. In depositions for that case, the former sitcom star testified that he drugged girls, some as young as 17 or 18, before having sex with them, according to a report published earlier this week.
Cosby faces three felony counts in the Constand case and could be sentenced to as many as ten years in prison, if convicted. No trial date has yet been set.