UPDATE: Jerry Sandusky will not take the stand in his child sex abuse trial, ABC News has learned.
(BELLEFONTE, Pa.) — Jerry Sandusky’s lawyers are leaning toward putting him on the stand in his own defense Wednesday, though the final decision has not yet been made, sources tell ABC News.
Sandusky would be called as the final witness for the defense, which is expected to rest its case on Wednesday. He is expected to deny that he ever had any sexual intent in his “horseplay” with the eight men who say they were sexually abused by him.
Prosecutor Joseph McGettigan, who has aggressively cross-examined defense witnesses this week, will have the opportunity to question Sandusky if they decide to put him on the stand.
Sandusky is charged with 51 counts of child sex abuse and could face life in prison if convicted.
His testimony could be a final chance for the defense, led by attorney Joseph Amendola, to place a reasonable doubt in the minds of the jurors. The case is expected to go to the jury of seven women and five men following closing arguments on Thursday.
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