On August 25, 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse, a minor then shot three people out of which two succumbed to death, as he had used a semi-automatic rifle in Kenosha, Wisconsin. This took place during a protest against police brutality.
He now faces criminal charges for the act, in the form of first-degree intentional homicide, attempted homicide, reckless endangerment, and the firearm possession count. The last charge was recently dropped by the prosecution, as the fire-arm used did not meet the requirements of that prohibited by the state. Rittenhouse maintains was done in an act of self-defense.
Judge Bruce Schroeder in the proceedings in the morning, instructed Rittenhouse to draw six numbers from a tumbler containing all 18 jurors’ names so as to decide the alternate jurors. This process is a standard practice in Wisconsin. The alternate jurors were then asked to temporarily move out of the courtroom.
The 12 jurors received instructions from the Judge, “All right, members of the jury, it is for you to determine whether the defendant is guilty or not guilty of each of the offenses charged,” Schroeder said.
The judge further allowed the jury to exchange notes through the bailiff to communicate with Rittenhouse and then send them off to consider their verdicts.
The presence of the alternate jurors was requested by the judge again, and he said, “You’ve been wonderful jurors, and we couldn’t have asked for a higher quality jury, better jurors, more attentive jurors, more prompt jurors, “While asking the alternates to not discuss the details of the case and its proceedings with the media and others, he also asked them to stay around the court in case their presence is needed for further assistance in the case.
The judge further explained that there are ‘rare’ instances in certain cases where alternate jurors played decisive roles even after being dismissed.
The jury after a long day of discussions wrapped the day and decided to reassemble to continue deliberations on Wednesday at 9 a.m.