Watch live as Kyle Rittenhouse jury begins deliberations
Just before noon, police announced the apprehension of a man who allegedly followed the jurors on a bus in an attempt to photograph them on Wednesday evening. The man allegedly claimed to be a producer with MSNBC.
Judge Bruce Schroeder responded by barring MSNBC from the courthouse for the remainder of the trial. NBC News responded by acknowledging that a freelancer received a traffic violation near the jury bus but had no intent to contact or photograph the jurors.
Mr Rittenhouse, 18, is facing five felony charges for shooting three men in the aftermath of police brutality protests that night. The most serious charges are first-degree homicide for the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber.
Defence attorneys called for a mistrial a second time on 17 November, as Mr Rittenhouse’s legal team objected to one piece of video evidence following a series of arguments about technology used to transfer and review video files.
Earlier this week, attorneys filed a motion for a mistrial with prejudice – which would mean Mr Rittenhouse cannot be tried again on the same charges – after objecting to a line of questioning from state prosecutors in cross-examination against Mr Rittenhouse during last week’s proceedings.
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Mark and Patricia McCloskey rejoin protests
Mark and Patricia McCloskey, the St Louis couple convicted of pointing guns at Black Lives Matter protesters near their home last year, showed their support for Mr Rittenhouse outside the court on Thursday.
It is believed to be the third time the couple have joined protests at the court.
Mr McCloskey, who is running for US Senate in Missouri, was seen holding a photo of the moment he and his wife threatened protesters by their home.
Journalist Ford Fischer said the couple spoke to press for about 20 minutes before leaving.
During a visit to the court earlier this week, Mr McCloskey posed with fellow Rittenhouse supporters who appeared to flash “white power” signs. The Associated Press reports:
Republican Mark McCloskey, a candidate for the U.S. Senate in Missouri, has been photographed outside the courthouse where Kyle Rittenhouse was on trial for murder with two people flashing a sign associated with white supremacists
Megan Sheets18 November 2021 21:33
Man carries rifle case outside court
A man who was confronted by police for carrying a rifle without a permit on Wednesday returned to the court today carrying a rifle bag.
The man, identified by journalists on the scene as former Missouri cop Jesse Kline, was asked to open the case when cops recognised him from the day before.
He complied, revealing a large black sex toy where his rifle would normally sit.
Megan Sheets18 November 2021 21:11
Cops arrest protester allegedly armed with handgun and knife
Police were filmed arresting a protester…
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