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Rittenhouse trial jury retires after first day of deliberations without a verdict

The jury for Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide case is retiring for the night, closing the first day of deliberation with no verdict.

The seven women and five men will reconvene Wednesday morning at 9 a.m. They started deliberating Tuesday morning after closing arguments on Monday.

Judge Bruce Schroeder reminded them that they may not speak about the case with anyone except other jurors when they are all together before wishing them a good night, according to reporters observing the proceedings.

JURY IN RITTENHOUSE TRIAL ASKS FOR EXTRA COPIES OF INSTRUCTIONS ON SELF-DEFENSE AND PROVOCATION

The jurors asked during their Monday deliberation for more printed copies of the specific pages of the judge’s instruction packet.

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, journeyed to Kenosha in the summer of 2020 when unrest was sparked by a white police officer shooting a black man, Jacob Blake, seven times in the back at close range, partially paralyzing him. The protests gave way to riots that ended in two deaths, several injuries, multiple arrests, and $50 million in damage.

Rittenhouse, now 18, is charged in the fatal shootings of Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26. He also wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 28, after shooting him in the arm and blowing off his bicep.

FIVE MOMENTS IN RITTENHOUSE TRIAL THAT COULD SWAY JURY

The youth cadet from Antioch, Illinois, faces five criminal charges ranging from intentional homicide to recklessly endangering safety that could have landed him behind bars for the rest of his life, though Judge Bruce Schroeder allowed the jury to consider lesser counts. Schroeder dismissed a misdemeanor gun possession charge  on Monday.

In his instructions to the jury, Schroeder said that to accept Rittenhouse’s claim of self-defense , the jurors must find that he believed there was an unlawful threat to him and that the amount of force he used was reasonable and necessary.



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