Jury members return to Rittenhouse for Day 2 of deliberations

Jury members return to Rittenhouse for Day 2 of deliberations

Kenosha, Wes. – Jurors looking into the charges against Kyle Rittenhouse were scheduled to return Wednesday for a second day of deliberations in the murder trial, having failed to reach a quick verdict on whether he was the instigator in the night of Kenosha’s bloodshed or a concerned citizen. exposed to him. Attack while trying to protect property.

The 12-person jury deliberated for a full day on Tuesday without reaching a decision. Several of them looked tired as they walked into the courtroom on Tuesday night and signaled with a show of hands that they were ready to go home.

The case moved to an anonymous jury after Judge Bruce Schroeder, in an unusual move, allowed Rittenhouse himself to play a secondary role in selecting the final 12-person panel who would decide his fate. Rittenhouse reached out to a lottery drum and handed out numbered slips specifying which of the 18 jurors who sat on the case would deliberate and which would be disqualified as a substitute.

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This task is usually performed by the court clerk, not the defendant. Schroeder said he’s been making the defendants do this for “at least 20 years, I’d say.”

Rittenhouse, 18, faces life in prison if convicted of using an AR 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. A white former police intern, like those he shot.

Rittenhouse testified that he acted in self-defence, while prosecutors said he provoked the violence. The case has become a hot spot in the American gun debate and protests over racial justice, vigilance, and law and order.

The overwhelming majority of the jury members appeared to be white. Prospective jurors were not asked to specify their race during the selection process, and the court did not provide a racial breakdown.

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During jury deliberations, dozens of protesters – some for Rittenhouse, some against him – stood outside the courtroom. Some spoke softly to those on the other side, while others shouted insults. A woman can be heard repeatedly calling some Rittenhouse supporters for “white supremacy”.

Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers, who has faced criticism over his response to the Kenosha protests in 2020, urged calm during jury deliberations. It was announced last week that 500 National Guard personnel would be available to serve at Kenosha if needed.

“Regardless of the outcome in this case, I urge peace in Kenosha and across our state,” Evers tweeted. “I ask all those who choose to gather and exercise First Amendment rights in every community to do so in safety and peace,” he added.

The large protests that some had expected did not materialize during the testimony phase of the trial. On most days, a few protesters gathered on the court’s stairs, and the high fence that protected the building during last year’s unrest has disappeared.

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Rittenhouse was 17 years old when he went to Kenosha from his home in Antioch, Illinois, in what he said was an attempt to protect property from rioters in the days after the killing of a black man, Jacob Blake, by a white police officer in Kenosha.

In a series of fast-moving street clashes, Rittenhouse shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Hopper, 26, and wounded Gage Grosskreutz, now 28.

During Monday’s closing arguments, Attorney General Thomas Binger said Rittenhouse was a “wishfull soldier” who unleashed the deadly chain of events by bringing a protest rifle and aiming it at protesters before chasing him.

But Rittenhouse’s attorney Mark Richards responded by saying that Rittenhouse was ambushed by a “madman” – Rosenbaum.

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Rittenhouse testified that Rosenbaum chased after him and took hold of his rifle, which made him afraid to use the weapon against him. His account of Rosenbaum’s behavior was largely corroborated by video and some prosecution witnesses.

As for Hopper, he was shot after he was seen in a video hitting Rittenhouse with a skateboard. Grosskreutz admitted that he aimed his gun at Rittenhouse when he was shot.

In his instructions to the jury, Schroeder said that to accept Rittenhouse’s claim to self-defense, the juror must find that he believed there was an unlawful threat to him and that the amount of force he used was reasonable and necessary.

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Forletti reported from Minneapolis. Webber is from Fenton, Michigan. Associated Press writer Scott Power contributed from Madison, Wisconsin.

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