After hours of deliberation on Tuesday in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the jury was sent home without reaching a verdict.
The 12 jurors and six alternates will return back to the courthouse Wednesday morning to continue deliberation.
Notably, on Monday evening, the judge sent the jury home for the night after emphasizing to them they have an obligation to render a fair verdict, not based on his presumed opinion, news media, or comments from President Joe Biden, or his predecessor President Donald Trump.
“The time has now come where the great burden of reaching a just, fair, and conscientious decision in this case will be placed totally with you. You will not be swayed by sympathy, passion, prejudice, or political beliefs. You will disregard any impressions that you may have, which you may believe are my opinion on the guilt or innocence of the defendant,” Schroeder said.
“You will disregard the claims or opinions of any person, news media, or social networking site,” the judge told the jury. “You will pay no heed to the opinions of anyone — even the president of the United States, or the president before him.”
“The founders of our country gave you, and you alone, the power and the duty to decide this case,” Schroeder asserted.
Rittenhouse is on trial for fatally shooting two men and injuring a third during the unrest in Kenosha, last August. The teen has pleaded not guilty to all charges, citing self-defense. Two charges against Rittenhouse — a gun charge and a curfew charge — have already been dropped.
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