Jurors began deliberations Tuesday in Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial, a day after the prosecution and defense offered dueling assessments of his actions last year during the unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
A group of 18 jurors was in court for the entirety of the trial but six were dismissed by a random drawing on Tuesday morning.
The final 12-person jury panel is made up of five men and seven women, according to a pool reporter in court.
In closing arguments, the prosecution argued Rittenhouse, provoked the fatal shootings by pointing his AR-15-style weapon at Joseph Rosenbaum, setting off a series of events that left two people dead and one wounded.
In response, defense attorney Mark Richards said Rittenhouse feared for his life when he fatally shot Rosenbaum, who Richards argued had threatened him.
Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and 2 counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.
If convicted on the most serious charge, Rittenhouse could face a mandatory sentence of life in prison.