KENOSHA, Wis. — Jurors in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial returned Friday for the fourth day of deliberations in the high-profile case.
The jury of seven women and five men are weighing whether Rittenhouse, 18, was acting in self-defense or provoking violence when he shot dead two men and injured a third during riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year.
As jurors weighed the evidence presented during the two-week trial, two mistrial requests from Rittenhouse’s defense attorneys hung over the case.
The requests have the potential to upend the verdict if jurors decide to convict Rittenhouse, including one that asks the judge to prevent prosecutors from retrying the teen.
The fourth day of deliberations comes after Judge Bruce Schroeder banned MSNBC from the court a day earlier after a freelancer was accused of following jurors in their bus.
Emotions have been running high in anticipation of the verdict, with protests occurring outside the courthouse this week as the jury continued with their deliberations.
National Guard troops have been in place in Kenosha all week after being deployed by Gov. Tony Evers in preparation for any potential violence surrounding the verdit.
Rittenhouse is on trial for killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and attempted homicide in the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 28, on Aug. 25, 2020.
The teen, who was 17 at the time, said he acted in self-defense after being attacked. Prosecutors have argued he instigated the bloodshed.
Rittenhouse is facing life in prison if he’s convicted of the most serious charge against him.