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iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) -- A woman who police say carried out a calculated plan to kill her husband's mistress brought a trove of items with her including binoculars and ammunition.

Jennair Gerardot, 47, of Wilmington, Delaware, knew about her husband's affair with 33-year-old Meredith Chapman of Pennsylvania, according to Radnor Township Police.

Gerardot rented a car about two weeks ago in Wilmington and on Monday drove near Chapman's house in Radnor Township, a Philadelphia suburb, and parked on a side street, police said.

Gerardot broke into Chapman's house and waited for her to come home, police said. As soon as Chapman walked in the door, Gerardot shot her in the head, police said.

Gerardot then turned the gun on herself, shooting herself in the head, according to police.

Found inside Gerardot's rental car were binoculars, ammunition, rubber gloves and earplugs, police said, and emails and texts indicated Gerardot's attack was pre-meditated.

 Jennair Gerardot's husband, Mark Gerardot, was in the driveway when officers arrived at the scene. He told them, "My wife may be inside," police said.

Police said they believe Mark Gerardot was in the area because he had planned to meet Chapman for dinner, and when she didn't arrive, he became concerned and went to her house.

 Mark Gerardot worked for the University of Delaware from November 2017 to April 2018 and he left the university earlier this month, University of Delaware spokeswoman Andrea Boyle Tippett said.

Chapman worked at the University of Delaware from 2010 to March 2018, Tippett said. She also received her bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in 2007 and her master's from the university in 2015.

 "Everyone who knew and worked with Meredith is heartbroken," Tippett told ABC News via email. "As a proud alumna of UD, her commitment to her work was exceeded only by her boundless energy. She believed earnestly in the power of communication to bring people together, whether to achieve their collective goals or simply to share their stories. We will miss her."

Chapman also worked as an assistant vice president of marketing and creative services at Villanova University and ran for the state senate in Delaware in 2016.

A former student remembered Chapman as a mentor and role model.

"She was a vibrant and engaging teacher who went out of her way to help grow the communications careers of students at the university -- young women in particular," the student told ABC News via email.

"During her 2016 run for district senate a group of students, including myself, helped to support her campaign and she let us know that working with her UD students motivated her to be a better professor and advocate for a stronger education system and job opportunities for the next generation," the student said. "Even though she lost the election, Professor Chapman accepted her loss with grace and utilized it as a teaching moment to inspire us all to take risks and pursue our passions no matter the odds."

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ABC News(SACRAMENTO, Calif.) -- The sister of a "Golden State Killer" victim "can finally breathe again" after a suspect’s arrest in the decades-old serial killing and rape case in California, she told ABC News.

"We finally got the guy who brutally raped and murdered my sister," Michelle Cruz, a sister of victim Janelle Cruz, told ABC News Wednesday of the accused man.

Janelle Cruz died in 1986 in Irvine, California.

The arrest is "surreal" and "unbelievable," Michelle Cruz added on "Good Morning America" today.

"I'm so thankful this journey is finally over," she said. "And I can rest and go to bed at night, and rest easier knowing that he's in jail and he'll never walk free again."

The "Golden State Killer" is believed to have killed at least 12 people, raped at least 50 people and committed multiple home burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s in crime sprees throughout California.

His "reign of terror," Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Wednesday, spanned from the Sacramento area in Northern California down to Orange County in Southern California.

The suspected serial killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, was surprised when he was confronted by officers and arrested Tuesday afternoon in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said.

DeAngelo, 72, was a police officer until 1979, officials said.

His name had never come up in the investigation before last week, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.

It was discarded DNA that confirmed, "We had our man," Jones said at a news conference Wednesday.

After Janelle died, Michelle Cruz said, their family left Irvine and never returned.

Her sister's murder "completely changed my world, my life, my identity,” she said.

"I kind of lived in sort of a bubble" for the first 20 years, Michelle Cruz said Wednesday. "I never really talked about the case."

But she started talking about her sister's death more about eight years ago, Cruz said, "hoping to spread awareness and solve the case."

She was always worried about her own safety, never staying home alone and barricading her windows and doors.

"I won't have to research this case for hours every day and miss out on my children and my family," she said. "I can finally breathe again."

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ABCNews.com(NEW YORK) -- Lyle Menendez, one of the two affluent California brothers convicted for the 1989 murders of their parents, spoke out to DailyMailTV in his first interview since he reunited with his brother, Erik Menendez.

The brothers came face to face earlier this month for the first time in 22 years after Lyle was transferred to the R.J. Donovan Correctional Facility, where Erik had been housed since July 2013, said Robert Rand, a journalist who has covered the case since 1989 and was a consultant for NBC's 2017 TV series on the brothers.

Lyle "ended up bursting into tears" upon seeing his brother, he said in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, a preview of which was shared with ABC News' Good Morning America.

"It was just something I wasn't sure was ever going to happen," Lyle said. "It was just a remarkable moment."

The two hadn't seen each other since September 1996, when they could see each other across a prison yard but couldn't talk to each other, Rand told ABC News. While in separate prisons, they couldn't talk on the phone, but they would write letters to each other -- sometimes playing chess by sending moves via snail mail, Rand said.

On Aug. 20, 1989, Lyle, then 21, and Erik, then 18, opened fire on their parents inside their Beverly Hills mansion, using shotguns they had bought days before.

In the interview, Lyle admitted he would change how he handled the aftermath of the killings.

"If I could take my consciousness now and go back, I would have gone to the police and taken my chances in exposing what was happening," he said.

The pair was arrested in 1990 after their psychologist's girlfriend went to police, claiming Erik had confessed to the murders during a session. The doctor-patient privilege was voided after Lyle threatened the doctor's life.

Lyle wishes his brother would have talked to him or a member of the clergy, instead of going to the psychologist, he told DailyMailTV.

"I wish that he had just talked to me, or you know, spent more time going to his parish priest, and not ended up in, sort of this therapist's hands," he said.

During their trial, prosecutors painted the brothers as two spoiled and privileged children who murdered their parents out of greed in an attempt to inherit the family fortune. The defense argued that they acted in self-defense after years of abuse.

The first trial ended in a mistrial. In 1996, at the end of the second trial, the brothers were convicted of first-degree murder and sentenced to two consecutive life prison terms without the possibility of parole.

Despite everything that's happened, the pair has "never had any moments of animosity," Lyle told DailyMailTV.

"I love him deeply," he said.

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WABC(CLAYTON, N.J.) -- Police in New Jersey said they have arrested a suspect in a deadly road-rage incident that took the life of young father of two.

Fifty-four-year-old Everett E. Moore Jr., of Clayton, New Jersey, was arrested on Wednesday in connection with the March 7 attack on Joseph Pirri, police told ABC New York station WABC.

Pirri, 32, was killed while driving in his hometown of Deptford Township, New Jersey, just outside of Philadelphia, when a fellow motorist slashed him in the face with a "sharp instrument," police said.

Police said Moore was driving a white pickup truck when he allegedly cut Pirri off, attacked him, and sped off "in an aggressive manner."

Moore faces first-degree murder and weapons charges.

Pirri, who suffered a severe wound to the left side of his face, managed to give police a detailed description of his attacker before his death on March 13, six days after the attack, according to WABC.

"The only thing the young man was screaming was, 'I don't want to die. I have a 4-year-old son. I don't want to die,'" Walt Wilcox, a witness, told WABC at the time of the incident. "They gave him blankets, consoling him, trying to keep him calm."

Police said they were able to identify the suspect thanks to Pirri's statement and multiple videos from the scene.

But the biggest break in the case came when they were able to prove that the vehicle used in the attack, a white Ford F-150 pickup, had been registered to Moore's wife, police said.

Megan Pirri, the victim's wife, said news of the arrest wasn't enough to heal the massive void in her family's life.

"You hear stories of people who were nice and kind," she said, "but Joe truly was the definition of those words. His son, stepdaughter and I were his world. As he was ours and still is."

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WABC(BROOKLYN, N.Y.) -- A Brooklyn teacher was arrested on Wednesday following allegations that he sexually assaulted a 15-year-old male student, police said.

Andre Braddy -- an eighth-grade math teacher at PS 235 in East Flatbush -- allegedly had multiple sexual encounters with a student in a school bathroom, police told ABC New York station WABC.

The accusations surfaced after the student notified his parents, who contacted the police. The boy said the encounters had been happening for at least a month, according to WABC.

Braddy, 34, faces charges of sex abuse, engaging in a criminal sex act and committing an act in a manner injurious to a child.

Braddy has been suspended with pay.

The New York City Department of Education called the allegations "deeply disturbing" and said Braddy would not be allowed contact with students during the investigation.

"These deeply disturbing allegations have no place in our schools and he was immediately removed from the school," the department told WABC in a statement. "He will remain away from students pending the outcome of the investigation and we will pursue his removal from payroll as soon as legally possible."

Braddy has taught eighth-grade math and advanced Algebra at the school since 2015.

It was not clear if he had obtained an attorney as of Thursday morning.

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AAA(HEATHROW, Fla.) -- Deaths from hit-and-run crashes in the United States are now at an all-time high, according to a new study released Thursday by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

2049 people were killed by hit-and-run crashes in 2016 -- a 62 percent increase from 2009, the last year in which a downward trend was recorded. AAA said the data makes 2016 the deadliest year since the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration began compiling statistics on fatal motor vehicle crashes in 1975.

“Hit-and-run crashes in the United States are trending in the wrong direction,” said Dr. David Yang, executive director of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety.

The new study found that most victims of fatal hit-and-run collisions -- 65 percent -- were pedestrians or cyclists and that almost 20 percent of all pedestrian deaths over the last decade were caused by hit-and-run crashes, compared to 1 percent of driver fatalities.

New Mexico, Louisiana and Florida topped the list of states with the highest death rates from hit-and-run crashes, while New Hampshire, Maine and Minnesota recorded the lowest rates.

The study also found that hit-and-run crashes involving pedestrians are most likely to occur between midnight and 4 a.m., when suspects are more likely to escape unseen; on roads with lower speed limits, where pedestrians are most likely to cross; and in areas with heavy foot traffic. Poor weather conditions were not shown to be reliable predictors of the same type of hit-and-run crash.

A crash is generally classified as a hit-and-run when at least one person involved in the incident flees the scene before offering sufficient information or aid to the other parties involved or fails to report the crash.

AAA said drivers can avoid hit-and-run crashes by being aware of their surroundings, yielding to crossing pedestrians even if they’re not in designated crosswalks and giving cyclists “plenty” of space when passing them on the road. Should drivers get involved in a crash with a pedestrian or cyclist, AAA State Relations Director Jennifer Ryan said they should stay on the scene because the penalties for fleeing are “significantly” more severe, regardless of who is at fault for the crash.

“It is every driver’s legal and moral responsibility to take necessary precautions to avoid hitting a pedestrian, bicyclist or another vehicle,” Ryan added.

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WNCF/ABCNews.com (ALEXANDER CITY, Ala.) -- A man in Alabama who was inspecting a carnival ride slipped and fell about 30 feet and died, police told ABC News.

The accident occurred around 5:30 p.m. local time as the man was working at the Kiwanis Club Fair in Alexander City.

The operator of a ride called "Ring of Fire" asked the man if he could climb up to inspect a small wheel on the ride that didn't look right, Tallapoosa County Coroner Mike Knox told ABC News.

Knox said the employee who usually inspects the ride returned and told the man to climb down, and as he did he slipped and fell.

He was taken to Russell Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead, Alexander City Police Chief Jay Turner told ABC News.

The name of the man wasn't yet released because his family hadn't been notified.

At the time of the incident, the ride wasn't in service and the fair wasn't open to the public.

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@mspmetrodet/Twitter(DETROIT) -- It is an image that left many people speechless.

The scene captured a row of 13 trucks on Tuesday, lined up under an overpass on Interstate 696 in Detroit, Michigan, blocking traffic in both directions.

The story? Michigan State Police had called the truckers to the scene to help them save a man's life.

According to authorities, the man was atop the overpass and police believed he was about to jump.

When officers arrived on the scene, they calmly talked to him as others took to the highway, flagging down truck drivers.

State police Lt. Michael Shaw said the trucks created a kind of "safety net" under the overpass "to make sure if [the man] moved anywhere in that overpass, there was a semi there."

"There's 13 truck drivers that didn't even know this guy and were willing to slide underneath that overpass to help him," Shaw said.

Shaw told ABC News today that Tuesday's effort was the not first time for police.

"We've never, ever had a truck driver turn us down," he said.

He said the man had relayed to the officers that he was having issues with his family. After about four hours, Shaw said, police were able to get the man off the ledge safely.

Later, the department tweeted out the photograph with information about the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline.

"We always want to make sure that people realize there are so many other options," Shaw said.

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Gary Hershorn/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- New York City police are searching for the owner of a pit bull that attacked a woman on the subway during an altercation.

The incident, which reportedly occurred on Friday afternoon on the 4 train in Manhattan, was caught on video by a passenger riding the train.

Onlookers to the incident say the owner sat down and placed the dog in the seat next to him when it bumped into the woman in the next seat over. The woman asked the man to remove his dog, which escalated into an altercation between the two passengers, and the dog responded by latching onto the woman’s shoe.

The video, recorded by eyewitness TahSyi Kyng, shows the woman struggling to release her foot from the dog’s bite, while chaos ensues in the train car.

The owner was trying to pull the dog off the woman but “he never told the dog to let go,” Kyng told ABC News. The owner “never announced that it was a service dog,” and it did not appear to be one, though it was on a leash, Kyng added.

The woman freed herself by taking her foot out of the shoe, which the owner threw at her before exiting the train, according to Kyng.

A spokesperson for the New York City Metropolitan Transit Authority (MTA) said in a statement to ABC News that “rules require non-service animals to be kept inside containers and not disturbing other passengers” and also explained that what's shown in the video is disturbing and “a clear violation of our rules.”

MTA officials notified the New York City Police Department (NYPD) of the video Tuesday and the police department has launched an investigation into the incident.

Transit rules, as listed on the MTA website, state that “no person may bring any animal on or into any conveyance or facility unless enclosed in a container and carried in a manner which would not annoy other passengers.” These rules do not apply to “working dogs for law enforcement agencies, to service animals, or to animals which are being trained as service animals.”

If NYPD officers come in contact with unauthorized dogs or other animals aboard the New York City Transit system, they are required to eject the passenger with the animal from the train.

Officers are also required to issue a Transit Action Bureau (TAB) Notice of Violation, for which the fine is $25. In 2016, 119 unauthorized animal TAB summonses were issued by the NYPD. The number dropped to 85 in 2017 and thus far in 2018, 19 have been issued.

The woman that was attacked was not seriously injured, but the police continue to search for the dog’s owner.

It is unclear what the penalty will be if he is identified, but MTA Chairman Joe Lhota said in a press conference that “bringing a pit bull on board any of our subway systems is a violation of the law and a person who does that should be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.”



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Hamilton Township Police Dept via Facebook(MAINEVILLE, Ohio) -- An Ohio police officer found a creative way to apologize to a firefighter whom she accidentally shocked while deploying her stun gun during a scuffle with a suspect.

On April 12, Hamilton Township police Officer Darcy Workman and Hamilton Township firefighter Rickey Wagoner were attempting to deal with a "combative patient" in the back of an ambulance, Wagoner told ABC News over email.

The pair had responded to a 911 call of an unresponsive male lying in the yard that afternoon, according to a police report.

Wagoner was trying to restrain the man "due to his aggressive nature" and the threat he posed to both himself and the officer, he said. At that point, Workman had already used her stun gun on the suspect twice "with no effect," Wagoner said.

The firefighter then got caught in the scuffle.

"When trying to hold the patient down, my right hand got tangled in the extra wires that had been deployed," Wagoner said.

When Workman deployed the stun gun for the third time, not only did she shock the suspect, but she shocked Wagoner as well.

Wagoner's first thought after he was shocked was, "Wow. That hurt a lot," he said. The firefighter then felt his whole body tense up "for a couple seconds," he said.

"At first, it scared me more than anything because I didn't know what was going on."

When asked whether he had been hit with a stun gun before, Wagoner replied, "I have never been Tased before, nor do I ever want to be again."

Shortly after Wagoner was shocked, hospital staff arrived on the scene and were able to restrain the suspect with straps, he said.

Department policy required that Wagoner undergo a medical evaluation after the incident, but he was not injured, he said.

Workman's initial reaction to the accident was "immediate empathy and remorse," Wagoner said.

Six days later, she showed up to the fire department and presented Wagoner with a custom cake from a local grocery store that read, "Sorry I tased you!" The chocolate cake was evening adorned with a sad face written in icing.

Both departments got a kick out of the gesture.

"Everyone thought the cake was hilarious," Wagoner said. "I told her there was no need to do that, that it's all just part of the job. She said she felt bad and it was the least she could do."

The suspect, who was not identified by police, was charged with two counts of assault -- one for Workman and another for Wagoner -- according to the police report. The suspect is in his mid-30s, Wagoner said.

Wagoner, a firefighter for more than eight years, has been with the Hamilton Township Fire Department for about a month, he said.

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Jason Davis/Getty Images(NASHVILLE, Tenn.) -- A Waffle House near Nashville, Tennessee, that a gunman turned into a bullet-riddled scene of carnage Sunday reopened for business Wednesday morning.

Customers, grief counselors and clergy members filled the restaurant in the Nashville suburb of Antioch, as the familiar sights and sounds of the sizzling griddle and waitresses pouring coffee returned to the eatery where gunfire and bloodshed occurred in the predawn rampage just four days ago.

Pat Warner, a spokesman for the Waffle House chain, said 100 percent of the proceeds taken in over the next 30 days will be given to the families of the four people gunned down in the massacre and those who were wounded.

"What's important is that we came together as a community. We're part of Antioch. We're part of the community. We're part of Nashville," Warner said. "We just appreciate all the support from everyone."

Yellow crime scene tape that ringed the establishment since the shooting had been taken down. Windows shattered in the rampage were replaced, and bullet holes in doors and walls were patched up. The only evidence that the business was the setting of a tragedy were four white crosses with the victims' names on them outside the restaurant and a growing makeshift memorial of flowers and balloons near the front entrance.

Workers at the restaurant wore orange ribbons in honor of the victims.

"We're on the road to healing and recovery," said Waffle House CEO Walt Ehmer, who was on hand for the reopening.

Warner said the restaurant reopened at 9 a.m. and the first customer’s bill was for $8, but the patron left $100 to give to the victims' families and the wounded survivors.

He said members of the crew on duty when the shooting broke out were not among those reporting to work this morning.

"We left it up to them. Whatever they need to do," Warner said of the crew members who survived the shooting. "We have counseling for them, we're helping them out financially. So whatever they need to do, we're there to support them. It's really on their timetable. We're just there for them and when they're ready, we'll be glad to have them back."

Killed in the Waffle House shooting were: Taurean Sanderlin, 29, a cook at the restaurant who was on a cigarette break; DeEbony Groves, 21, an honor student at Belmont University in Nashville; Akilah DaSilva, 23, a Middle Tennessee State University student; and 20-year-old Joe Perez.

Ronald Page, one of the customers who came to the restaurant this morning, said his daughter, Dominique, was a sorority sister of Groves at Belmont University.

"I just want to pay my respects," Page told ABC News.

Page called the massacre allegedly perpetrated by Travis Reinking, 29, "senseless."

"No one should have lost their lives," Page said.

Like many other customers, Page told the restaurant workers that he is praying for them.

"Hold your heads up and just work together," Page told the workers.

Police said Reinking arrived at the restaurant about 3:19 a.m. Sunday and allegedly opened fire with an AR-15-style assault rifle, killing Sanderlin and Perez outside the establishment before shooting out the windows and continuing the rampage inside.

Patron James Shaw Jr., who had been hiding behind a door leading to the restrooms, confronted the gunman when he went to reload. Shaw, a 29-year-old AT&T worker whose elbow was grazed by a bullet in the attack, wrested the gun away from the alleged killer, tossed it over a counter and forced him outside.

Shaw was honored on Tuesday by Tennessee lawmakers at the State Capitol for his heroic actions that police said saved numerous lives.



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Sacramento Police Department(LOS ANGELES) -- A 72-year-old former police officer has been arrested in the decades-old "Golden State Killer" case in California, according to officials in Sacramento.

The "Golden State Killer" is believed to have killed at least 12 people, raped at least 45 people and committed multiple home burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s in crime sprees throughout California.

His "reign of terror," Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Wednesday, spanned from the Sacramento area in Northern California down to Orange County in Southern California.

The suspected serial killer, Joseph James DeAngelo, was surprised when he was confronted by officers and arrested on Tuesday afternoon in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, said Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones. DeAngelo was taken into custody without incident.

DeAngelo's name never came up in the investigation until last week, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.

It was discarded DNA that confirmed, "We had our man," Jones said at a news conference Wednesday.

"We found the needle in the haystack," Schubert said.

DeAngelo, who has adult children, was a police officer in Exeter in central California from 1973 to 1976, officials said. He was then a police officer in Auburn in Northern California from 1976 to 1979 until he was fired, officials said.

DeAngelo was fired in 1979 after he allegedly stole a hammer and a can of dog repellent, The Associated Press reported, citing Auburn Journal articles from the time.

"For over 40 years, countless victims have waited for justice," Schubert said. "Over these years, hundreds of individuals have sought justice for these victims and their families."

An arrest warrant was issued Tuesday and a complaint was filed charging DeAngelo with two counts of murder with special circumstances for the murder of a Sacramento couple in 1978, said Schubert. He was also charged with the capital murders of a couple killed in March 1980 in Ventura County, California. The crimes span 10 counties; charges are expected in more counties soon.

The terror started with burglaries and rapes in the Sacramento suburbs in summer 1976.

He would break into his victims' homes by prying open a window or door while they slept, the FBI said.

He would then shine a flashlight into their faces, tie them up, ransack the house, and rape female victims, the FBI said.

Sometimes he would take jewelry, identification, cash, and coins from the victims' homes.

Some victims said the suspect called them after the crimes, the FBI said.

In 1978, the Golden State Killer was believed to have shot and killed a couple walking their dog in the Sacramento area.

That crime was followed by rapes in the Northern California area, including Stockton, Modesto, Davis, and the East Bay.

Between 1979 and 1981, the Golden State Killer was suspected of rapes and murders in Southern California. The FBI said the victims were tied up in the same way and had their homes ransacked in the same way as the Sacramento area victims.

The final crime tied to the Golden State Killer was the May 1986 rape and murder of an 18-year-old woman in the Southern California city of Irvine, the FBI said.

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Mark Makela/Getty Images(NORRISTOWN, Pa.) -- Bill Cosby's fate is in the hands of a Pennsylvania jury that began deliberating this morning after hearing evidence over the past two weeks in which prosecutors portrayed the comedian as a serial sex predator and defense attorneys countered he's being framed by a victim they've slammed as a "pathological liar."

Cosby appeared upbeat as he entered the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown, pumping his right fist in the air to a crowd of small supporters outside the courthouse shouting, "We love you Bill!" and "We've got your back, Bill!"

"These accusations are ridiculous, this case is beyond weak and this jury will recognize this and render the correct verdict," Cosby spokeswoman Ebonee Benson said as she arrived at the court with the 80-year-old defendant.

The jury of seven men and five women began deliberating around 11 a.m.

Cosby is being retried on three felony counts of aggravated indecent assault for allegedly drugging and sexually assaulting Constand, 44, a former director of operations for the women’s basketball team at Temple University, where Cosby was a trustee and major financial donor. His first trial ended in a mistrial in June when a jury failed to reach a verdict.

If convicted of any of the three counts and the judge revokes his bail, Cosby would be taken into custody in court and transferred to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in Eagleville, according to Pennsylvania Department of Corrections spokeswoman Amy Worden. He would wear a cocoa-brown prison uniform and be assigned and identified by his inmate number, would have to stand to be counted four times a day, and would work at a job that pays between 19 and 42 cents an hour, Worden told ABC News.

In her closing argument on Tuesday, Cosby's attorney Kathleen Bliss asked the jury to base its verdict solely on the evidence heard in court. She launched into a withering indictment of both the #MeToo movement against the abuse and sexual harassment of women, and the numerous female witnesses the prosecution called to testify about how Cosby allegedly drugged and molested them.

“When you join a movement based primarily on emotion and anger, you don’t change a damned thing,” Bliss told jurors in the Pennsylvania courtroom. “Which is why each single case must be examined on its merits. All of the evidence must be weighed."

Bliss added: "The bottom line here is that if you don’t believe Andrea Constand, you must acquit Mr. Cosby."

Cosby's lead defense attorney Tom Mesereau told the panel that Constand is a "pathological liar" who is out to frame Cosby.

On the first day of the trial, Montgomery County District Attorney Kevin Steele publicly said Cosby paid Constand $3.38 million in exchange for her silence about him allegedly drugging and sexually assaulted her.

Cosby has adamantly denied the allegations of Constand and the other accusers and his attorneys noted he settled a civil suit filed against him by Constand without admitting any wrongdoing.

 Prosecutors contend the evidence they presented during the trial shows Cosby used his good-guy image as "America's Dad" to win the confidence of his alleged victims only to drug and sexually assault them.

"The defendant spent years and years building up his bank of trust and reputation,” prosecutor Stewart Ryan told jurors. "He used it every single time he sexually assaulted a woman. He tried to use it with Andrea Constand. He’s trying to use it with you."

During the retrial, prosecutors won a huge victory in being allowed to call five additional women to the witness stand who shared strikingly similar allegations of being drugged and molested by the entertainer despite the statute of limitations having long run out for potential criminal prosecution in those cases. During the first trial, only Constand and one additional accuser were allowed to testify.

In his closing argument, Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Stewart Ryan accused Cosby's lawyers of trying to impeach the numerous accusers with "questions designed to shame, to blame and to re-victimize."

"I can only hope, and my colleagues share this sentiment, that what we are seeing is the last vestiges of a tactic not to get to the truth, but to damage character and reputation,” Ryan told the jury.


 
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University of Delaware(NEWARK, Del.) -- A Delaware woman broke into the Pennsylvania home of her husband's mistress and shot her in the head before turning the gun on herself, according to police.

The suspect, 47-year-old Jennair Gerardot of Wilmington, knew about her husband's affair with 33-year-old Meredith Chapman and carried out a "calculated, planned attack" to kill Chapman, Radnor Township Police said at a news conference.

Both Chapman and Jennair Gerardot's husband had recently worked at the University of Delaware.

On Monday Jennair Gerardot broke into Chapman's house in Radnor Township, a Philadelphia suburb, where she waited for Chapman to come home, police said.

As soon as Chapman walked in the door, Jennair Gerardot shot her in the head, police said.

Jennair Gerardot then turned the gun on herself, shooting herself in the head, according to police.

Both women were found dead inside Chapman's Radnor Township home, an area police described as a tight-knit community.

Jennair Gerardot's husband, Mark Gerardot, was in the driveway when officers arrived. He told them, "My wife may be inside," police said.

Police said they believe Mark Gerardot was in the area because he had planned to meet Chapman for dinner, and when she didn't arrive, he became concerned and went to her house.

Police said emails and texts indicated Jennair Gerardot's attack was pre-meditated. Police also noted that it appears Jennair Gerardot brought a bag containing a wig and clothing with her. Jennair Gerardot didn't drive to Chapman's home and it wasn't immediately clear how she got there, police said.

Mark Geradot worked for the University of Delaware from November 2017 to April 2018 and he left the university earlier this month, University of Delaware spokeswoman Andrea Boyle Tippett said.

Chapman worked at the University of Delaware from 2010 to March 2018, Tippett said. She also received her bachelor's degree from the University of Delaware in 2007 and her master's from the university in 2015.

"Everyone who knew and worked with Meredith is heartbroken," Tippett told ABC News via email. "As a proud alumna of UD, her commitment to her work was exceeded only by her boundless energy. She believed earnestly in the power of communication to bring people together, whether to achieve their collective goals or simply to share their stories. We will miss her."

Chapman also worked as an assistant vice president of marketing and creative services at Villanova University and ran for the state senate in Delaware in 2016.

A former student remembered Chapman as a mentor and role model for her, while she was a student at the University of Delaware.

"She was a vibrant and engaging teacher who went out of her way to help grow the communications careers of students at the university -- young women in particular," the student told ABC News via email. "She was instrumental in creating a community of successful and aspiring communications professionals through her classes and the award-winning UD Social Media Ambassador program she helped to create.

"During her 2016 run for district senate a group of students, including myself, helped to support her campaign and she let us know that working with her UD students motivated her to be a better professor and advocate for a stronger education system and job opportunities for the next generation," the student said. "Even though she lost the election, Professor Chapman accepted her loss with grace and utilized it as a teaching moment to inspire us all to take risks and pursue our passions no matter the odds."



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WABC(NEW YORK) -- A Port Authority of New York and New Jersey commissioner has resigned after she is seen berating two police officers during a traffic stop involving her daughter, newly released police video shows.

Caren Turner, a lobbyist who headed the agency’s Government and Ethics committee and sat on its operations committee, can be seen on dashcam video released by the Tenafly, New Jersey, police department flashing her Port Authority commissioner's badge and cursing at the officers.

Former Gov. Chris Christie named her a commissioner last year.

The incident began March 31 when police say they pulled over a Toyota for illegally tinted windows before discovering the car’s registration had expired, telling the driver they had to impound the vehicle.

That’s when Turner’s daughter, a backseat passenger, called her mother to come pick them up. Turner soon arrived and approached the officers.

The video, which police released Tuesday night, shows her handing officers a business card and demanding to know why the vehicle had been pulled over. The officers told Turner they were legally barred from sharing that information with her because she was neither the driver nor the owner of the car.

Turner then begins to berate the officers saying at one point, “You’re a disappointment and you are just following him, so you are also a disappointment.”

ABC News has been unable to reach Turner for comment but her resignation letter to N.J. Gov. Phil Murphy reportedly included that she was "pleased to have played a role in the Port Authority's vital mission."

The bi-state Port Authority, which manages bridges, tunnels, airports, and seaports, said in a statement, “The video speaks for itself. The conduct was indefensible. The Board takes its recently adopted Code of Ethics for Commissioners extremely seriously and was preparing to form a special committee to review the findings of the Inspector General investigation and take action at this Thursday’s Board meeting. Commissioner Turner’s resignation was appropriate given her outrageous conduct.”

In a tweet this morning, the New Jersey State Policemen’s Benevolent Association praised the Tenafly officers for keeping their “composure despite conduct of political appointee.”

Turner, who submitted her resignation last week, has not been charged.



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