The jury in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse completed its third day of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict, while the judge barred MSNBC from entering court after an independent network contributor was charged with following the bus. that moved the jurors.
The members of the jury will return on Friday morning to resume their work. Unlike the days before, they had no questions or asked to review evidence in the case laden with political and racial implications.
Rittenhouse, 18, is on trial for killing two men and wounding a third with a rifle during a turbulent night of protests in the city of Kenosha in mid-2020, after a black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by a white police officer.
Even as the jury weighed the evidence, the case was still weighing two requests from the defense to declare the trial null, with the possibility of overturning the verdict in the event of conviction. In one of the requests, the judge is asked to go even further and prohibit the prosecution from carrying out a new trial against Rittenhouse.
On the other hand, Judge Bruce Schroeder expelled MSNBC from the courtroom on Thursday after police said he briefly detained a man following the jury bus and may have attempted to photograph its members.
NBC News said in a statement that the man was an independent contributor who received a citation for a traffic violation that occurred near the jury’s vehicle, and that he “never photographed or attempted to photograph them.”
Before the jurors left at approximately 4 p.m., something the judge said they had requested, a member of the same asked if she could take the jury’s instructions home, to which the magistrate agreed, but told her that I couldn’t talk to anyone about them. Before the deliberations, Schroeder read to the jury about 36 pages of instructions on the charges and self-defense laws.