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Second day of jury deliberations in Kyle Rittenhouse trial end with no verdict

Kyle Rittenhouse
Posted at 6:16 AM, Nov 17, 2021
and last updated 2021-11-17 18:39:17-05

Jurors deliberating the murder charges against Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, did not return a verdict after the second day of deliberations. They will resume deliberations Thursday at 9 a.m.

During deliberations Wednesday, the jury asked the court if it could rewatch videos presented during the trial, which the judge allowed.

The defense asked the judge to declare a mistrial before the jury reaches a decision, saying the defense received an inferior copy of a key video from prosecutors, according to The Associated Press.

Prosecutors countered by saying that the jury saw the highest-quality version of the video during the trial and it was played without objection.

Judge Bruce Schroeder did not immediately rule on the mistrial request.

Rittenhouse was 17 when he traveled from his home in nearby Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha as protests gripped the city following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse and others armed themselves to protect local businesses from looters and vandals.

Amid demonstrations on Aug. 25, Rittenhouse shot three protesters, killing two of them. Police allowed him to leave the scene, but he later turned himself in to authorities.

Throughout the trial, the prosecution has tried to paint Rittenhouse as the aggressor in an attempt to nullify his claims of self-defense.

The defense argued the opposite, saying Rittenhouse felt his life was in jeopardy.

Rittenhouse faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety and failure to comply with an emergency order. He faces life in prison if convicted of the intentional homicide count.