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Rittenhouse jury resumes deliberating after 2nd mistrial bid

Rittenhouse jury resumes deliberating after 2nd mistrial bid


Rittenhouse jury resumes deliberating after 2nd mistrial bid

KENOSHA, Wis. — The jury at Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial began deliberating for a third day Thursday with a new defense request for a mistrial.

The mistrial bid was sparked by a jury request Wednesday to re-watch video evidence, including drone footage that prosecutors used to try to undermine Rittenhouse’s self-defense claim and portray him as the instigator of the bloodshed in Kenosha in the summer of 2020.

Prosecutors said the video showed him pointing his rifle at protesters before the shooting erupted.

But the defense team said Wednesday that it had received an inferior copy of the potentially critical video from prosecutors, prompting its second mistrial motion in a week. Judge Bruce Schroeder agreed to let the jury re-watch the video and did not immediately rule on the mistrial request.

Rittenhouse attorney Corey Chirafisi said the defense would have approached things differently if it had received the better footage earlier in the case. Chirafisi said the mistrial request would be made “without prejudice,” meaning prosecutors could still retry Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse, 18, is on trial on homicide and attempted homicide charges for killing two men and wounding a third with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle during a tumultuous night of anti-police rioting in Kenosha. Rittenhouse said he went to Kenosha to protect property from rioters.

Rittenhouse could get life in prison if convicted of the most serious charge against him.

Last week, the defense asked for a mistrial with prejudice, meaning Rittenhouse could not be put on trial again. That request was prompted by what the defense said were improper questions asked by prosecutor Thomas Binger during his cross-examination of Rittenhouse.