Philadephia — Bill Cosby's criminal sexual-assault case appears to be headed toward an evidence hearing after a Pennsylvania judge denied his latest effort to throw the charges out.
The judge who refused to dismiss the case this month has denied Cosby's appeal of that decision.
The 78-year-old TV star is accused of drugging and violating an ex-Temple University employee at his suburban Philadelphia home in 2004 and could get 10 years in prison if convicted. The defense insists Cosby had a promise from a previous district attorney he would never be charged over the encounter.
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Montgomery County Judge Steven O'Neill found the evidence of such an agreement lacking. He says the issue doesn't warrant an immediate appeal that would delay the scheduled March 8 preliminary hearing.
A spokesman for Cosby's lawyers says it's unclear if they'll appeal to the Superior Court.