Kyle Rittenhouse verdict: When will the decision be announced?

KENOSHA, Wis. – The jury considering the fate of the accused Kenosha, Wisconsin, shooter Kyle Rittenhouse is embarking on its fourth day of deliberation, having spent about 23 and a half hours behind closed doors so far.

The deliberations can take as long as the panel of 12 people – consisting of seven women and five men – decides it needs it. If the jury does not reach a verdict on Friday, the deliberations will continue into next week, possibly through the weekend.

Jury members will typically pause for lunch in the early afternoon before continuing for the rest of the day. They finished shortly after noon. 16 CT Thursday and around 16:30 CT the day before.

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Kyle Rittenhouse, third from the left, is standing with his legal team, from the left, Mark Richards, Corey Chirafisi and Natalie Wisco as the jury leaves the room for the day at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 5, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Sean Krajacic - Pool / Getty Images)

Kyle Rittenhouse, third from the left, is standing with his legal team, from the left, Mark Richards, Corey Chirafisi and Natalie Wisco as the jury leaves the room for the day at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 5, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Sean Krajacic – Pool / Getty Images)
(Sean Krajacic – Pool / Getty Images)

In a speech to Fox News Digital earlier this week, criminal defense attorney Julie Rendelman said the questions the jury asks during its deliberations can often provide insight into where the jurors’ heads are, but noted that predicting when they would be ready to publish a verdict is “so difficult.”

“We’ve had cases where we think the verdict is coming in five minutes and it’s coming in 10 days,” said Rendelman, a former New York-based prosecutor. “And you must also realize that there can be no verdict. You can not forget that – that is, there can be a hung jury.”

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Rittenhouse was 17 when he and at least one friend said they traveled to the city of Wisconsin from Illinois on August 25, 2020 to protect local businesses and provide medical care after two nights with unrest with companies being looted and set on fire.

Kyle Rittenhouse listens while attorneys discuss the potential for a misdemeanor during Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 17, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Sean Krajacic - Pool / Getty Images)

Kyle Rittenhouse listens while attorneys discuss the potential for a misdemeanor during Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 17, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Sean Krajacic – Pool / Getty Images)

He faces life in prison if convicted of the most serious offenses. Charges against Rittenhouse date from the night of August 25, 2020, in which he shot dead two men – Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber – and wounded a third, Gaige Grosskreutz, during a night of riots in Kenosha.

His defense attorneys have repeatedly claimed he acted in self-defense. Prosecutors have portrayed Rittenhouse as the instigator of the attacks.

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Meanwhile, officers and deputies from Kenosha Police and Sheriff’s departments can be seen around the Kenosha County Courthouse, where groups of protesters have gathered every day. At one point, tensions between conflicting groups rose to the point where police crowded in front of the building and eventually arrested two people, including a man for violence and disorder, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department said.

Protesters with opposing views enter a confrontation outside the Kenosha County Courthouse as the jury hears another day in the trial against Kyle Rittenhouse on November 17, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin.  (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)

Protesters with opposing views enter a confrontation outside the Kenosha County Courthouse as the jury hears another day in the trial against Kyle Rittenhouse on November 17, 2021 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. (Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)
(Photo by Scott Olson / Getty Images)

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Both agencies have said they continue to monitor the trial and coordinate with other law enforcement agencies accordingly. They said they “have no reason to ease road closures” or impose curfews.

When the jury states that it has reached a verdict, if it reaches a verdict, all parties involved in the case will have time to return to the courtroom before the decision is announced.

Speaking inside the courtroom this week, Judge Bruce Schroeder said someone “could be in Chicago and get here on time.”

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