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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examination: Which side did better in closing arguments?
ICYMI: A defence lawyer angrily accused the prosecution at Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial of lying. The rule prosecutor hit a measured tone, already 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
Who is Kyle Rittenhouse and what happened at last summer’s Jacob Blake protest in Kenosha?
The rally against injustice that took place that night was organised in solidarity with a local Black man, Jacob Blake, who had been shot and left paralysed by a white police officer two days earlier following a confrontation after his SUV was stopped.
Graeme Massie17 November 2021 01:56
Kyle Rittenhouse: Defence condemns ‘rush to judgment’ as prosecution casts shooter as ‘chaos tourist’
ICYMI: Attorneys for Kyle Kyle Rittenhouse criticised the prosecution’s “rush to judgment” to press homicide charges in the aftermath of protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020, as the teenager’s defence team delivered closing arguments in the closely watched trial.
Mark Richards dismissed prosecutors’ argument that Mr Rittenhouse – who was 17 years old when he fatally shot two men and injured another with an AR-15-style rifle as protests against police violence distributed on 25 August 2020 – had provoked the shootings, after Assistant District Attorney Mark Binger described the shooter as a “chaos tourist” who inserted himself into a volatile scene that night.
Alex Woodward has the story.
Graeme Massie17 November 2021 01:01
No verdict today as estimate retires jury for night
estimate Schroeder retired the jury at around 5.45pm CT, after a complete first day of deliberations.
They have been told to report back to the courthouse on Wednesday morning to begin again deliberations at 9am.
Graeme Massie16 November 2021 23:53
estimate says he thinks jury will retire for the evening
estimate Schroeder had asked the jury if they wanted to continue working into the evening or come back and start again on Wednesday morning.
Graeme Massie16 November 2021 23:41
estimate playing Jeopardy! in courtroom as he waits for jury
estimate Schroeder killed time by playing Jeopardy! with people in the courtroom as the jury in the case continues its deliberations.
Graeme Massie16 November 2021 23:38
estimate to ask jury if they want to keep going past 5pm
estimate Bruce Schroeder will ask jurors at 5pm CT to see if they want to keep going in their deliberations this evening, or go home for the night, according to Fox News.
The jury, which consists of seven women and five men, began their deliberations at around 9.30am.
Graeme Massie16 November 2021 22:46
ICYMI: The most surreal moments from the Rittenhouse trial
The Independent’s Megan Sheets looks back at the stand-out moments from the trial:
Megan Sheets16 November 2021 22:20
Former Obama adviser calls Rittenhouse estimate a ‘de facto defense attorney’
David Axelrod accused estimate Schroeder of being a “de facto defence attorney” on Monday.
The former chief adviser to President Barack Obama made the comment on Twitter after estimate Schroeder dismissed a misdemeanour gun charge against Mr Rittenhouse.
“This kid has the great good fortune of a de facto defense attorney on the bench,” he tweeted.
In a later post, he additional: “jibe with the Wisconsin state motto, the estimate’s message to gun-toting vigilantes: Forward!”
Megan Sheets16 November 2021 22:00
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