Rittenhouse, 18, is accused of killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, 28, on August 25, 2020. The shootings took place during protests in Kenosha – marred by arson, riots and looting – which followed the police shooting of a black man, Jacob Blake, who remained paralyzed from waist to toe.
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After about eight hours of deliberation, Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder said he would accept the jury’s request to call it a day and return at 9 a.m. central time (3 p.m. GMT) on Wednesday.
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“I understand that you want to take a break for the evening,” Schroeder said. “You are responsible at this particular stage. “
The jury of 7 women and 5 men sent two notes to the judge on Tuesday, none giving any indication of the substance of their discussions. The first note requested additional copies of the first six pages of the 36-page judge’s jury instructions and the second requested copies of the last 30 pages.
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The high-profile case pits the prosecution’s argument that Rittenhouse shot the men without justification against the teenager’s claim that he acted in self-defense. Rittenhouse faces life in prison on the most serious count.
At the start of Tuesday, Rittenhouse played an indirect role in reducing the jury, which was made up of 18 members through two weeks of testimony, to 12 for deliberations. He selected six pieces of paper from a metal raffle cup, each with the number of a juror who was then appointed as an alternate.
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Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty and testified last week to say he only fired his gun after the men attacked him. He said Rosenbaum, the first person he shot that night, grabbed the barrel of his semi-automatic rifle.
On Monday, prosecutors and defense lawyers presented their closing arguments, offering very different representations of the accused.
Prosecutors described Rittenhouse as a reckless vigilante who provoked the series of violent encounters, first by raising his rifle threateningly and then shooting Rosenbaum, which created an “active shooter” situation than others. tried to stop.
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The defense said Rittenhouse, who carried a medical kit in addition to his gun, just wanted to help the injured and protect a used car dealership from the type of property damage Kenosha saw more than two nights before the shooting.
The shootings have emerged as the most watched case involving a civilian’s right to self-defense since George Zimmerman was acquitted in the fatal shooting of Trayvon Martin, an unarmed black teenager, in 2013.
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Like Zimmerman, Rittenhouse has become a polarizing figure, seen as heroic by some conservatives in favor of extended gun rights and as a symbol of reckless American gun culture by many on the left.
Kenosha was on edge during the trial, and a small crowd of protesters watched outside the courtroom on Tuesday, some holding up placards in favor of Rittenhouse, others calling for racial justice and his conviction.
On Tuesday, the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department issued a press release acknowledging “the anxiety surrounding the Kyle Rittenhouse trial” but saying it currently saw no need for a curfew or shutdown. roads.
Reporting by Nathan Layne Editing by Alistair Bell, Ross Colvin and Grant McCool