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Taped Cox interview ends sex assault trial, which goes to jury

CASTLE ROCK, Colo. -- Jurors in the sexual assault trial of former Denver Broncos cornerback Perrish Cox on Thursday saw video of him expressing shock that the alleged victim was pregnant and that he was accused of raping her.

Cox is accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his apartment over Labor Day weekend 2010. Both the prosecution and defense rested their cases Thursday morning, and the jury deliberated for about four hours before leaving for the day.

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In a videotaped interview detectives did with Cox the night he was arrested, Lone Tree Police Department detective Steve Hipp informs Cox that his DNA indicates he impregnated the woman. Cox then sits back and says, "Are you serious?"

"I never raped nobody," Cox told the detective as both spoke in loud voices. "I'm losing it because, seriously, I never touched this girl." The interview ends with Cox asking: "I'm going to jail? You're kidding me. What am I supposed to do? I didn't."

Cox was arrested after the alleged victim realized she was pregnant and contacted police. The woman testified Wednesday, saying she had a fuzzy memory of what happened and suspected she had been drugged after waking up feeling sick.

Broncos wide receiver Demaryius Thomas also testified Wednesday, describing how Cox carried the sleeping woman into his bedroom and told Thomas: "She's ready."

Cox is being tried on one count of sexual assault while the victim was physically helpless and one count of sexual assault while the victim was incapable of determining the nature of the conduct. He did not testify.

The trial is taking place in Castle Rock, 30 miles south of Denver. Jury deliberations resume Friday.

Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press

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