Kyle Rittenhouse conducts a draw, with 7 women and 5 men for his jury
Kyle Rittenhouse on Tuesday randomly picked the seven women and five men who will decide whether to be criminally responsible for shooting two men during a social justice protest in Wisconsin last year.
Kenosha’s jury was chosen from a group of 18 who attended two weeks of testimony and argument in a case that has garnered national attention and sparked debate over gun rights and race.
Rittenhouse himself randomly drew six juror numbers from a goblet, resulting in the 12 selected to decide his fate.
The accused from nearby Antioch, Illinois, reached into the brown cup and pulled out six pieces of paper, one at a time. Each had a number that corresponded to a potential juror.
Rittenhouse carefully placed these pieces of paper on the defense table before a court official picked them up and showed them to prosecutors.
All but one of the jurors appeared to be white, with one man apparently a person of color.
As jurors were sent back to deliberate, Judge Bruce Schroeder told lawyers on both sides to stay within 10 minutes of the courthouse in case the panel had a question to debate.
Schroeder later told reporters he would give all parties about an hour’s notice between when jurors render their verdict and those findings are read aloud in court.
The judge also said he would not set a time for deliberations to end on any given day. During the trial, testimony usually ended around 5 p.m. on most days.
Rittenhouse was 17 when he joined other armed volunteers protecting private property in Kenosha during the August 25, 2020 social justice protest following the police shooting against Jacob Blake, a black man.
Rittenhouse shot dead two men and seriously injured a third in clashes he said were acts of self-defense.
Rittenhouse, now 18, is charged with intentional homicide in the murder of Anthony Huber, 26, and reckless homicide in the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36.
He was also charged with attempted manslaughter in the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, a paramedic in the suburbs of Milwaukee. Grosskreutz had gone to the protest that night to provide medical aid and was carrying a Glock pistol when Rittenhouse shot him at point blank range.
Rittenhouse also faces two counts of recklessly endangering security. He attempted to shoot an unknown person, known in court as a “jump kick man,” who attempted to kick the accused in the face and prosecutors said Rittenhouse could have injured another. man when he opened fire on Rosenbaum.
Samira Puskar and Gabe Gutierrez contributed.