Kyle Rittenhouse on Tuesday randomly selected the seven women and five men who will decide whether he should be held criminally responsible for gunning down two men during a social justice protest in Wisconsin last year.
The Kenosha jury was picked from a pool of 18 people who sat through two weeks of testimony and arguments in a case that’s drawn national attention and sparked debate on gun rights and race.
Rittenhouse himself randomly drew six juror numbers out of a tumbler, which resulted in the 12 selected to decide his fate.
The defendant from nearby Antioch, Illinois, reached into the brown tumbler and pulled out six pieces of paper, one at a time. Each had a number that corresponded with a prospective juror.
Rittenhouse carefully placed those pieces of paper on the defense table before a court official collected them and showed them to prosecutors.
All but one juror appeared to be white, with one man apparently a person of color.
As jurors were sent away to deliberate, Judge Bruce Schroeder told lawyers on both sides to stay within 10 minutes of the courthouse in case the panel has a question they’ll need to debate.
Schroeder later told reporters he’d give all parties about an hour of notice between the time jurors reach their verdicts and having those findings read out loud in court.
The judge also said he wouldn’t set a time on when deliberations needed end on any given day. During the trial, testimony usually ended at about 5 p.m. on most days.
Rittenhouse was 17 when he joined other armed volunteers who were protecting private property in Kenosha during the Aug. 25, 2020, social justice protest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man.
Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and severely wounded a third in confrontations that he claims were acts of self-defense.
He has also been charged with attempted intentional homicide in the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, a paramedic from suburban Milwaukee. Grosskreutz had gone to the protest that night to provide medical aid and was carrying a Glock pistol when Rittenhouse shot him at close range.
Rittenhouse is also facing two counts of recklessly endangering safety. He attempted to shoot an unknown person, known in court as “jump kick man,” who tried kicking the defendant in the face and prosecutors said Rittenhouse could have wounded another man when he opened fire on Rosenbaum.
Samira Puskar and Gabe Gutierrez contributed.