Bill Cosby's retrial on sexual assault charges will be delayed a few days past its scheduled start, a Montgomery County judge ruled Monday.
The shift will allow for two additional days of pretrial hearings, Judge Steven T. O'Neill wrote in his order. The court will hold those hearings March 29 and 30, when jury selection had been scheduled to begin.
Jury selection will now begin in Norristown on April 2, which had been set as the opening day of the trial. The jurors will come from Montgomery County.
Also Monday, O'Neill turned down a request from Cosby's lawyers to further delay the trial. They had sought a delay to prepare for testimony from five additional women who have accused Cosby of sexual misconduct. O'Neill also denied an emergency request to appeal his decision to allow five accusers to testify.