Rittenhouse jurors return for Day 2 of deliberations

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — Jurors weighing charges against Kyle Rittenhouse returned Wednesday for a second day of deliberations in his murder trial. Jurors met for a full day Tuesday with no quick verdict after two weeks of testimony in which they were given starkly different portrayals of his actions the night he shot three men on the streets of Kenosha.

Prosecutors say Rittenhouse was a “wannabe soldier” who provoked a confrontation, while the defense says he feared for his life and acted in self-defense after being ambushed by a “crazy person.”

Rittenhouse, then 17, shot two men to death and wounded a third during a tumultuous night of protests against racial injustice in the summer of 2020.

Protests errupted after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake during a domestic disturbance call in Kenosha in August 2020. Federal prosecutors said they would not file charges against Officer Rusten Sheskey after video showed Blake was armed with a knife. The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist down and sparked several nights of protests.

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