The jury panel has been criticised for being overwhelmingly white, with only one person of colour
The judge in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial will use a raffle drum to select 12 uit 18 jurors who will decide the fate of the 18-year-old accused charged with moord in the deaths of two men and the wounding of a third.
Judge Bruce Schroeder had said last week that he would select the names from a tumbler on Tuesday.
While the pool of jurors hearing the case started at 20 –12 jurors and eight alternates – this number was reduced to 18 after two jurors were dismissed.
One juror was let go for health reasons, while another was dismissed after he cracked a joke to a court security officer about a police officer shooting Jacob Blake, a Black man, seven times in the back.
In street protests that followed after the shooting, Mnr Rittenhouse, 17 years old at the time, fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum, 36 en Anthony Huber, 26. Hy het ook ’n derde man geskiet, Gaige Grosskreutz, wat gewond is, maar oorleef het.
Dismissing the juror, Mr Schroeder said that the joke showed bias and “would seriously undermine the outcome” of the Rittenhouse trial.
Ongeveer 150 people were considered as prospective jurors in the case, highlighting the attention the trial received in the city, volgens a New York Times verslag doen. The jury selection, egter, was completed in a single day at the trial and had come down to 20 mense, insluitend 11 women and nine men.
The jury panel was criticised for being overwhelmingly white, with only one person of colour, berig USA Today. Kenosha County has a roughly 75 per cent white population.
Van die 18 jurors hearing the case, 12 will decide on the trial of Mr Rittenhouse, while six will be determined as alternates by drawing names from a lottery drum and would be let go.
Met prosecution and defence attorneys having made their closing arguments on Monday, the jury is expected to begin deliberations on Tuesday.
Prosecutor Thomas Binger began his closing argument on the tenth day of the trial by branding Mr Rittenhouse “the only killer” on the night in question and dismissed the self-defence argument, sê: “You cannot claim self-defence against a danger you create.”
“There’s people getting in people’s faces. There’s yelling. There’s shouting. There’s even shoving. En tog, in this entire sequence of events — from the shooting of Jacob Blake on Sunday [23 Augustus 2020], all the way after that, everything this community went through — the only person who shot and killed anyone was the defendant,” het mnr Binger gesê.
In reaksie, lead defence attorney Mark Richards said his client shot in self defence as he asked jurors to use their “common sense” to evaluate his claim.
“Kyle shot Joseph Rosenbaum to stop a threat to his person. And I’m glad he shot him,” het mnr Richards gesê. “Because if Joseph Rosenbaum had got that gun, I don’t for a minute believe he wouldn’t have used it against somebody else.”