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Jury in Rittenhouse murder trial ends third day of deliberations without verdict

By Nathan Layne and Brendan McDermid

KENOSHA, Wis. (Reuters) -The jury in the Wisconsin murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse ended its third day of deliberations on Thursday without reaching a verdict.

Rittenhouse, 18, is charged with killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and attempted homicide in the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 28, during a chaotic night of protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 25, 2020.

There were no notes from the jury on Thursday to indicate what evidence might be in their focus.

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, has pleaded not guilty and testified last week that he fired his weapon in self defense.

Earlier on Thursday, the trial judge banned MSNBC from the courthouse after a freelancer for the media network was detained by police close to a bus carrying the jury.

Kenosha has been on edge since the start of the highly divisive trial more than two weeks ago, with the security of the jury a concern for authorities.

A person who said they had ties to NBC News and MSNBC and who was suspected of following a bus carrying the jury was briefly taken into custody on Wednesday night and issued a citation for running a red light, the trial judge said.

The Kenosha Police Department said it suspected the person was attempting to photograph the jury, which has been traveling from an unidentified location to the courthouse in a van with covered windows.

“I’ve instructed that no one from MSNBC News will be permitted in this building for the duration of this trial,” Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder. “This is a very serious matter and I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is.”

NBC News said a freelancer for the network was cited for a traffic violation but did not try to make contact with jurors.

“While the traffic violation took place near the jury van, the freelancer never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations, and never photographed or intended to photograph them,” a spokesperson said in an emailed statement.

“We regret the incident and will fully cooperate with the authorities on any investigation.

(Reporting by Nathan Layne and Brendan McDermid in Kenosha, Wisconsin; Editing by Grant McCool and Alistair Bell)


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