End near in Sandusky trial
POSTED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:45pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, June 20, 2012 - 4:49pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Jerry Sandusky's defense rested Wednesday without the former Penn State football coach taking the witness stand.
Though Sandusky didn't testify his interviews and letters presented during the trial made him a potent witness...for the prosecution.
The defense struggled to blunt a prosecution case built around eight young accusers and former grad student Mike McQueary, who testified he saw Sandusky abusing a boy in a Penn State shower.
The defense tried to cast doubt on whether McQueary actually saw, or just thought he saw, a crime.
Friend Jonathan Dranov testified that McQueary told him he "heard what he described as sexual sounds."
"Those two words, sexual sounds, is what the jury will take back with them. That's what they will remember. Dranov at the end of the day was ultimately a great witness for the prosecution," says NBC News legal analyst Wes Oliver.
The defense also suggested Sandusky's eight accusers made up stories or were urged to do so.
Defense witness David Hilton, a friend of Sandusky's, told the court he was intimidated by police investigators: "I felt like they wanted me to say something that wasn't true."
Hilton and another defense witness Chad Rexrode both described meeting Sandusky as youngsters and being invited to the Sandusky home for numerous sleep-overs.
Both remembered Sandusky as a father figure.
Jurors have been told to report at 9 a.m. and expect to be sequestered until they have a verdict.