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Jurors break after second day of deliberations in Rittenhouse case

Kyle Rittenhouse pulls numbers of jurors out of a tumbler during his trial in Kenosha, Wis., on Nov. 16. (Sean Krajacic/Pool/Kenosha News/AP)

Update: Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted on all counts in Kenosha shootings on Friday after jurors deliberating for nearly three and a half days.

Jurors deliberated most of the day Tuesday and Wednesday without reaching a verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse homicide trial.

Rittenhouse, 18, is charged with five counts — including homicide and attempted homicide — for shooting three people during the August 2020 unrest in Kenosha, Wis., that erupted after a police shooting. Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was 26 at the time.

Rittenhouse testified that he fired in self-defense and has pleaded not guilty.

Here’s what to know

  • The prosecution and defense have presented dramatically different narratives of the shootings. In the prosecution’s telling, Rittenhouse was a dangerous instigator who acted recklessly. The defense, meanwhile, said he was “trying to help this community” but was attacked.
  • Jurors deliberated most of the day Tuesday and Wednesday without reaching a verdict. Rittenhouse is facing five counts, including two homicide charges and an attempted homicide charge. Jurors can also decide to convict him on lesser charges for two of the shootings.
  • The trial has revived nationwide scrutiny on Kenosha, where Black residents say the issues that fueled last year’s unrest persist.
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The prosecution and defense have presented dramatically different narratives of the shootings. In the prosecution’s telling, Rittenhouse was a dangerous instigator who acted recklessly. The defense, meanwhile, said he was “trying to help this community” but was attacked.
Jurors deliberated most of the day Tuesday and Wednesday without reaching a verdict. Rittenhouse is facing five counts, including two homicide charges and an attempted homicide charge. Jurors can also decide to convict him on lesser charges for two of the shootings.
The trial has revived nationwide scrutiny on Kenosha, where Black residents say the issues that fueled last year’s unrest persist.

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