Juries that weighed charges against Kyle Rittenhouse were due to return on Wednesday for a second day of deliberations in his murder case after failing to reach a speedy verdict on whether he was the initiator of a night of bloodshed in Kenosha or a worried citizen who was attacked. while trying to protect property.
The jury of 12 discussed a full day Tuesday without reaching a decision. Several seemed tired as they entered the courtroom Tuesday night, announcing with a show of hands that they were ready to go home.
The case went to the anonymous jury after Judge Bruce Schroeder in an unusual move allowed Rittenhouse himself to play a minor role in selecting the final panel of 12 to decide his fate. Rittenhouse reached into a raffle drum and drew numbered notes, deciding which of the 18 jurors sitting through the case would consider and which would be rejected as deputies.
That task is usually performed by a solicitor, not the defendant. Schroeder said he has had defendants do so in “I will say at least 20 years.”
The jury concludes the first day of proceedings in the Rittenhouse trial without a verdict
Rittenhouse, 18, risks life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge of using an AR-style semi-automatic rifle to kill two men and injure a third during a night of protests against racial injustice in Kenosha in the summer of 2020 .the former police youth injury is white, just like the ones he shot.
Rittenhouse testified that he acted in self-defense, while prosecutors claimed he provoked the violence. The case has become a hotspot in the US debate over weapons, protests against racial justice, vigilance and law and order.
The jury appeared to be overwhelmingly white. Potential jurors were not asked to identify their race during the selection process, and the court did not provide a racial breakdown.
While the jury pondered, dozens of protesters – some for Rittenhouse, some against – stood outside the courthouse. Some spoke quietly to them on the other side, while others shouted insults. A woman could be heard repeatedly calling some Rittenhouse supporters “white supremacy.”
The jury is set to begin the proceedings in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder case
Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, who faced criticism over his response to the 2020 Kenosha protests, called for calm while the jury discussed. He announced last week that 500 members of the National Guard would be on duty in Kenosha if needed.
“Whatever the outcome of this case, I call for peace in Kenosha and across our state,” Evers tweeted. He added: “I urge all those who choose to come together and exercise their rights for the first change in any society to do so safely and peacefully.”
The large-scale protests that some had foreseen did not materialize during the trial’s testimony. Most days, only a few protesters gathered on the steps of the courthouse, and the high fence that protected the building during last year’s riots is gone.
Key moments in Kyle Rittenhouse’s 2-week murder case
Rittenhouse was 17 when he took to Kenosha from his home in Antioch, Illinois, in what he said was an attempt to protect property from troublemakers in the days after a black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by a white Kenosha -police officer.
In a series of street clashes, Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, now 28.
During the closing arguments on Monday, prosecutor Thomas Binger said Rittenhouse was a “wannabe soldier” who set off the deadly chain of events by bringing a rifle to a protest and pointing it at protesters, just before he was hunted down.
Kyle Rittenhouse Trial: Teenager argues for self-defense as the case takes an unusual turn
But Rittenhouse lawyer Mark Richards refuted that Rittenhouse was assaulted by a “crazy person” _ Rosenbaum.
Rittenhouse testified that Rosenbaum chased him and grabbed his rifle, causing him to fear that the weapon would be used against him. His account of Rosenbaum’s behavior was largely confirmed by video and some of the prosecution’s own witnesses.
As for Huber, he was shot down after being seen on video hitting Rittenhouse with a skateboard. And Grosskreutz admitted he had his own gun aimed at Rittenhouse when he was shot.
In his instructions to the jury, Schroeder said that in order to accept Rittenhouse’s claim of self-defense, jurors must find that he believed there was an unlawful threat against him and that the amount of force he used was reasonable and necessary.
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