Jury deliberations resume in Kyle Rittenhouse trial

Jury deliberations resume in Kyle Rittenhouse trial

KENOSHA, Wis. — Jurors in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial reconvened for the third day of deliberations Thursday, despite a new request for a mistrial looming over the contentious case.

The jury of seven women and five men are weighing whether Rittenhouse provoked the violence or was acting in self-defense when he opened fire on three men, killing two during last year’s riots in Kenosha.

For the last hour on Wednesday, the jury rewatched video evidence, including drone footage that prosecutors claim shows Rittenhouse pointing his rifle at protesters.

The request to see the footage again prompted his lawyers to demand a mistrial, claiming the prosecutors provided the defense with a poorer-quality version of the video.

The defense team argued that they would have approached the case differently if they had been given the high-resolution clip and that a mistrial was necessary for there to be a “level, fair playing field.”

Rittenhouse’s lawyers said the mistrial request would be made “without prejudice,” meaning that prosecutors would be able to retry the case.

Kyle Rittenhouse.
The jury of seven women and five men are weighing whether Kyle Rittenhouse provoked the violence or was acting in self-defense during the Kenosha shooting.
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Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder didn’t rule immediately on the matter.

He also has not responded to a previous mistrial request filed by the defense.

The earlier request demanded a mistrial with prejudice, which would prevent prosecutors from trying Rittenhouse again.

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The jury request to see the shooting footage again prompted Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers to demand a mistrial.
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In that request, the defense accused the prosecution of asking Rittenhouse improper questions during cross-examination.

Rittenhouse, 18, 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 shootings occurred amid chaotic protesters over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was paralyzed from the waist down.

Judge Bruce Schroeder.
Judge Bruce Schroeder has not ruled on the mistrial request nor has he responded to a previous request filed by the defense.
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As the jury deliberated this week, heated altercations broke out among protesters outside of the courthouse.

A Black Lives Matter protester was arrested after he attempted to grab a Rittenhouse supporter’s sign, then body-slammed and punched a journalist who tried to intervene.

But on Thursday morning, protests were more subdued in front of the courthouse.

Protests continue to take place outside the courthouse.
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At least five Kenosha schools, however, have shifted to virtual learning in anticipation of possible unrest over a verdict.

“While we have not been advised of any existing imminent danger, we feel this is the best course of action to protect our students and staff during an uncertain time,” the Kenosha Unified School District said in a message sent to parents.

“We will continue to work closely with law enforcement to receive support as needed in the days and weeks ahead.”

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