The Rittenhouse jury will reconvene on Day 2 of their deliberations.
(AP) — Jurors in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial were set to return for a second day of deliberations on Wednesday after failing to reach a quick decision on whether he was the mastermind behind a night of carnage in Kenosha or a concerned citizen who was attacked while attempting to protect property.
The 12-member jury deliberated for a full day on Tuesday but did not reach a decision.
As they entered the courtroom on Tuesday evening, several people appeared tired and indicated that they were ready to leave with a show of hands.
Judge Bruce Schroeder allowed Rittenhouse to play a minor role in selecting the final panel of 12 who would decide his fate, in an unusual move.
Rittenhouse drew numbered slips from a raffle drum to determine which of the 18 jurors who had sat through the entire case would deliberate and which would be dismissed as alternates.
A court clerk, not the defendant, is typically in charge of this task.
Schroeder claims he has been having defendants do it for “at least 20 years.”
If convicted as charged, Rittenhouse, 18, faces a life sentence for killing two men and wounding a third during a night of racial injustice protests in Kenosha in the summer of 2020 with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle.
The former police youth cadet, like those he shot, is white.
Prosecutors claimed Rittenhouse provoked the violence, but he testified that he acted in self-defense.
The case has sparked a national conversation about guns, racial protests, vigilantism, and law and order in the United States.
The jury seemed to be mostly made up of white people.
During the selection process, prospective jurors were not asked to identify their race, and the court did not provide a racial breakdown.
Hundreds of protesters gathered outside the courthouse as the jury deliberated, some in support of Rittenhouse and others opposed to him.
Others shouted insults while others conversed quietly with those on the other side.
Some Rittenhouse supporters were referred to as “white supremacists” by one woman on several occasions.
Gov. Scott Walker of Wisconsin is a Republican.
As the jury deliberated, Tony Evers, who had been chastised for his response to the 2020 Kenosha protests, urged calm….
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