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Kyle Rittenhouse trial verdict – live: Protests ramp up outside court as jury deliberates – The Independent

Watch live as Kyle Rittenhouse jury begins deliberations

The homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse resumed on Tuesday morning with the defendant picking the names of the 12 jurors who will decide his fate.

The pool of 18 jurors who heard two weeks of testimony was narrowed down to a dozen via a random lottery-style raffle.

Mr Rittenhouse, 18, is facing five felony charges for shooting three men during a night of protests and riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on 25 August 2020. The most serious charges are first-degree homicide for the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber.

Both sides delivered closing arguments on Monday, in which the prosecution condemned Mr Rittenhouse for “bringing a gun to a fistfight”.

Prosecutor Thomas Binger began his closing argument by branding Mr Rittenhouse “the only killer” on the night in question and dismissed the self-defence argument, saying: “You cannot claim self-defence against a danger you create.”

In closing for the defence, attorney Mark Richards accused Mr Binger of “lying” and told the jury: “This case is not a game. This is my client’s life.”

The city of Kenosha is bracing for unrest in the wake of the verdict, with Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers putting 500 National Guard troops on standby.

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Jurors to return to court after no decision reached

Jurors are set to return to the courthouse on Wednesday for a second day of deliberations in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

The jury of 12 deliberated for the whole day on Tuesday but did not reach a decision.

Several of the members of the jury appeared to be tired as they walked into the courtroom on Tuesday evening, before indicating with a show of hands that they were ready to go home.

The case went to an anonymous jury of 12, from an initial 18. Members of the jury were chosen by raffle drum after Judge Bruce Schroeder unusually allowed Rittenhouse himself to play a minor role and select the final panel.

Rittenhouse reached into a drum and pulled out numbered slips that determined which of the 18 jurors would deliberate and which ones would be dismissed.

Eleanor Sly17 November 2021 08:36

Governor asks once again for people to ‘respect the Kenosha community’

The Governor of Wisconsin again asked those looking to demonstrate to do so “safely.”

He wrote on Twitter: “Please respect the Kenosha community and their efforts to come together. I ask all those who choose to assemble and exercise their First Amendment rights in every community to do so safely and peacefully.”

Before later adding: “Regardless of the outcome in this case, I urge peace in Kenosha and across our state.”

Eleanor Sly17 November 2021 08:12

How long will the jury take to reach a verdict?

Jury deliberations can take anywhere between a few minutes and a few months, with no time limit set.

In most US states and all federal courts, the jury needs to come to a unanimous decision which means that the deliberations can sometimes take months.

The 12 jurors selected for the Rittenhouse trial were chosen from a pool of 18. Judge Schroeder confirmed that the process of the defendant electing from the jury tumbler to eliminate jurors, is a tradition he has had in his courtroom for 20 years.

Judge Schroeder said that it is not a Kenosha County tradition, although he believes that it is adopted by others.

Eleanor Sly17 November 2021 07:49

Protestors, including controversial Republican candidate, stand outside the courthouse

A crowd gathered outside the courthouse, as deliberations continue on the much-awaited judgement of Kyle Rittenhouse. Some people were in support of the 18-year-old accused and others opposed.

Among the dozens of people, Republican Mark McCloskey, a candidate for the US Senate in Missouri, and his wife, Patricia, were both in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Monday and Tuesday to show support for Mr Rittenhouse.

The McCloskeys gained national attention after they waved guns at racial injustice protesters who were marching in their gated St. Louis subdivision last summer.

Mark McCloskey compared himself to Mr Rittenhouse, saying they have both been prosecuted and were defending themselves from an “angry mob.”

Here’s more from scenes outside the court:

Senate candidate McCloskey shows support for Rittenhouse

Republican Mark McCloskey, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Missouri, has been photographed outside the courthouse where Kyle Rittenhouse was on trial for murder with two people flashing a sign associated with white supremacists

Stuti Mishra17 November 2021 06:50

What did Kyle Rittenhouse say in his testimony?

Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand in his murder trial earlier, testifying about how he shot three men during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha Wisconsin, last year.

Rittenhouse killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz. He faces multiple charges, including intentional homicide. Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, has argued that the men attacked him and he fired in self-defense.

Here’s a look at some highlights from his testimony:

Stuti Mishra17 November 2021 06:15

Jurors to return for Day 2 of deliberations

Jurors weighing charges against Kyle Rittenhouse were to return Wednesday for the second day of deliberations in his murder trial, after they failed to reach a swift verdict on whether he was the instigator in a night of bloodshed in Kenosha or a concerned citizen who came under attack while trying to protect property.

The jury of 12 deliberated for a full day Tuesday without reaching a decision. Several appeared tired as they walked into the courtroom Tuesday evening and indicated with a show of hands that they were ready to go home.

Here’s everything that happened on Tuesday and what can be expected on the second day:

Stuti Mishra17 November 2021 05:50

Who is Judge Bruce Schroeder?

ICYMI: As the nation’s eyes are glued to the televised Rittenhouse trial, broadcast widely across news networks and streamed online by media outlets, viewers have scrutinised the judge presiding over the high-profile case, which has touched on issues of white vigilantism, racial justice protests and the criminal justice system itself.

Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder is Wisconsin’s longest-service active trial judge who, at 75 years old, has said that he has tried more homicide cases than any judge in the state.

His courtroom manner and arguments with prosecutors have drawn significant attention as the trial draws to a close, with Mr Rittenhouse facing a mandatory life sentence if convicted on the most serious charges against him.

The Independent’s Alex Woodward reports:

Stuti Mishra17 November 2021 05:05

When will the verdict be announced in Kyle Rittenhouse case?

As the Kyle Rittenhouse trial winds down, all eyes are on the jurors who will to determine the teen’s fate on multiple charges this week in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The case hangs on whether Mr Rittenhouse was the instigator on the night of the violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin, or a concerned citizen who came under attack while trying to protect property.

Mr Rittenhouse faces a maximum of life in prison if convicted on the most serious charges against him, including first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree attempted intentional homicide.

The Kenosha County Sheriff released a statement about ‘verdict preparedness’, saying the trial is being closely monitored because “We recognize that some varying opinions and feelings revolve around the trial that may cause concerns.”

Stuti Mishra17 November 2021 04:28

ANALYSIS: Which side did better in closing arguments?

ICYMI: A defence lawyer angrily accused the prosecution at Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial of lying. The lead prosecutor struck a measured tone, even as he raised the accused’s rifle at one point and sighted at a courtroom wall.

How the indignation and theatrics during Monday’s closing arguments played with jurors won’t be clear until 12 of them return with verdicts in a case that underscores American divisions on issues of guns, protests and policing.

The Associated Press looks at how some five hours of closings went and which side may have made the stronger argument to jurors:

Graeme Massie17 November 2021 03:58

Kyle Rittenhouse: What are the charges in the Kenosha shooting case?

ICYMI: A jury is deliberating on the verdict in the double homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two men and injured another in the aftermath of protests against police violence in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year, and will consider a range of charges against him.

Throughout the two-week trial, jurors reviewed more than a dozen pieces of video, including livestreams from that night, an interview Mr Rittenhouse gave moments before he fired his gun, body camera footage, and aerial video from the FBI.

Alex Woodward has the story.

Graeme Massie17 November 2021 03:06

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