The jury is currently deciding the fate of Kyle Rittenhouse. There are currently discussions to determine whether Rittenhouse killed the two men as an out of control vigilante or in self-defense.
Before deliberations could begin, Rittenhouse was allowed to use a similar bingo-like tumbler in order to reduce the number of jurors to 18.
Six jury members were to be available as alternates for the six numbers he pulled from the tumbler.
“This was the first time that I saw a judge have a defendant himself pull the names,” former Wisconsin prosecutor Julius Kim told Inside Edition.
The jury consists of seven women, five men and one black man.
Brandon Mitchell is one among the few Americans who actually knows the state of the jurors right now. He was on the panel that convicted Derek Chauvin of killing George Floyd.
“It does weigh on you. It weighs on you a lot, which is why the deliberation is actually almost like a relief, ‘cause you’re like, it’s almost over with. We’ve just got to come to the right decision,” Mitchell told Inside Edition.
Meanwhile, the prosecutor who brandished Rittenhouse’s AR-15 in court is taking heat over his startling demonstration, which some see as violating basic gun safety rules. Video of Rittenhouse’s court demonstration shows that he was holding the trigger.
Thomas Binger, the prosecution, said in a statement that he didn’t put anyone at danger.
“Two detectives verified that there were no bullets in the weapon just before I handled it. When I aimed it, I aimed it at a blank wall. At no time did I point the weapon in the direction of any person. I was very careful about this,” Binger said.
The judge gave the jury stern instructions yesterday after closing arguments.
“You will pay no heed to the opinions of anyone — even the president of the United States or the president before him,”Judge Bruce Schroeder spoke.
He was referring, of course to President Joe Biden implying Rittenhouse was a “white supremacist”During the 2020 election. Donald Trump, the then-president, came to Rittenhouse’s defense, suggesting that Rittenhouse was trying escape from the people he shot at.
Among Rittenhouse’s supporters are Patricia and Mark McCloskey, who famously wielded guns as they confronted protesters outside their St. Louis home during last year’s civil unrest.
“I personally am convinced that everything he did was justified as self defense,”Mark spoke outside the courthouse.
Many protestors outside the courthouse feel a different way.
Although the jury is not in seclusion, they have been instructed to refrain from speaking to anyone about the case and to pay attention to any news reports.