Kyle Rittenhouse’s jury is still out – but sending notes. This is what we know.

Kyle Rittenhouse’s jury on Thursday began its third day of discussions – something that seems almost unimaginable to the social media that decided on the case more than a year ago.

For many legal experts, however, Kenosha County jurors work exactly on schedule.

“I think the length of time says something about what the jurors think,” Chicago veteran attorney Joe Lopez said. “But it definitely shows that it wasn’t the slamdunk that a lot of people thought it was.”

The jury sent five notes to the court during its deliberations, including three Wednesdays on video. The latter, sent shortly before noon, indicated that they had not made a decision on the fatal shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum, the first man killed by Rittenhouse.

“Please prepare for Mr. Rosenbaum’s shooting (incident 1),” read the note before specifically requesting the following:

– FBI air video with all PIOs (interesting people) marked.

– Drone video

– Zoomed in a picture even after Mr. Rittenhouse put down the fire extinguisher.

– Full event 1 video in regular and slow motion.

The petition was signed by the CEO, a white woman in her mid-50s who appeared to take copious notes during the trial. During the selection process, the gentle woman said she was driving through downtown Kenosha after the riot to watch the damage. She said it would not affect her decision in the case.

Before requesting Rosenbaum’s footage, the predecessor – who is referred to as the presidential juror in court documents – sent a note requesting a video of Rittenhouse’s interaction with Gaige Grosskreutz, an armed doctor whose right biceps was blown out that night.

“Watch a video starting from Mr Grosskreutz’s interview with Mr Rittenhouse up to 10 seconds after Mr Grosskreutz was shot. In regular and slow motion, ”read the note.

The jurors received everything they asked for, except for the still images of the drone footage. The defense challenged the validity of the still shot because prosecutors received the drowning records in the middle of the trial.

Rittenhouse, then a 17-year-old resident of northern suburban Antioch, volunteered to patrol central Kenosha in August 2020 amid a riot surrounding the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man left partially paralyzed after being shot by a white police officer during a domestic riot. call days earlier. Prosecutors later declined to charge the officer with a felony.

Carrying an AR-15-style rifle that police say a friend illegally bought for him, Rittenhouse fatally shot Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injured Grosskreutz during the third night of unrest in the city. Rittenhouse is charged with reckless homicide, intentional homicide and attempted intentional homicide related to his actions toward the men, respectively.

Rittenhouse, who faces five felony charges for his actions that night, pleaded not guilty and said he shot the men in self-defense.

Jurors have been debating for more than 16 hours over the past two days, which legal experts are typical for a case that has 36 pages of jury instructions and five felony charges to consider. The trial had eight days of testimony, 30 witnesses, and a volume video evidence.

“You can’t predict a jury and it’s hard to read tea leaves but, as a general guideline … a day for each week of trial is a decent rule,” former federal prosecutor Jeffrey Cramer said. “If we have this conversation on a Friday afternoon, and there’s no verdict, then it’s fair to say there could be some anxiety in that jury room.”

Based on questions from the jury so far, Chris Grohman, a white-collar defense attorney and former federal prosecutor, said the panel appears to be on its way.

“If there were any problems, I think you’ve probably heard it before. They seem to work well together, ”Grohman said. “I don’t think it’s going to last much much longer. “I would wait for a verdict.”

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