November 29, 2021

Rittenhouse jury ends first day of deliberations with no verdict

The jury in the Kyle Rittenhouse shooting case ended its first day of deliberations without a verdict.

The 12 jurors began deliberations on Tuesday following Monday’s closing arguments. The jury will meeting again beginning Wednesday morning.

“Judge Schroeder reminds the jury not to discuss the case with anyone, and wishes them a good evening,” Julie Bosman tweeted.

The high-profile case involves the shooting deaths of two men and the wounding of a third by Rittenhouse during a Black Lives Matter riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020.

Rittenhouse claims he shot in self-defense. Extensive video evidence from the incidents appear to confirm his response, though Rittenhouse faces five charges in the matter.

Only 17 years old at the time of the shooting, Rittenhouse was working as volunteer security in the area after businesses had been damaged by rioters the previous night. Rittenhouse, armed with an AR-15 rifle, claimed he did not fire until a gun was raised at him.

The case could be decided as early as Wednesday. National Guard members have been dispatched to the area in anticipation of violence that could follow the verdict.

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