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Protesters clash outside courthouse as jury deliberates over Kyle Rittenhouse trial

By Caroline Reinwald, WSIN

KENOSHA, Wis. —Protesters from both sides of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial argued outside the courthouse Tuesday, as the jury deliberated inside. The judge, the attorneys and Rittenhouse returned to the courtroom at about 5:45 p.m. Tuesday. The jury said it wanted to break for the evening. Jurors will resume deliberations at 9 a.m. Wednesday. They will not be sequestered. Judge Bruce Schroeder did remind the jurors they cannot discuss the case unless all 12 of them are in the jury room. The six alternate jurors were brought in for instructions. They are allowed to bring laptops Wednesday to help pass the time.

The jury began its deliberations at 9:15 a.m. CT Tuesday. Schroeder mentioned he didn’t seem inclined to put a time limit on how late jurors can deliberate into the evening. Schroeder told a pool reporter in the courtroom there will be a substantial amount of warning time — potentially up to an hour — when the verdict is in. He still has not ruled on the defense motion for a mistrial with prejudice. The jury asked the judge earlier for extra copies of their instructions. Specifically, they asked for pages 1 through 6 and 11 additional copies were provided. Pages 1 through 6 appear to focus on the self-defense aspects of the case. The jury then requested 11 copies of pages 7 to 36 of their instructions. They will now each have complete copies of the jury instructions. Jurors didn’t ask to see any of the videos played during testimony. Gov. Tony Evers is calling for peace in Kenosha, regardless of the verdict in the case.

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