Still No Verdict in Rittenhouse Trial

Nov. 18, 2021 4:25p

(WGTD/AP)---A third day of jury deliberations in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial has come and gone without a decision. 

At their request, Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed the jury just after 4 p.m. Thursday. They'll be back Friday morning at 9. 

Before leaving, one juror asked Schroeder if she could take home her copy of the jury instructions. After some hesitation, Schroeder granted the request, but repeated the admonishment that jurors are not allowed to discuss the case with anyone while outside of the jury room.

After the jury left, Schroeder acknowledged that he saw defense attorney Mark Richards shaking his head at the juror's request, but Schroeder went on to say that he saw no harm in granting it. Richards said he was concerned that it could lead to the juror performing her own research on the case, something that's not allowed. 

Unlike the previous two days, jurors Thursday made no requests for more information. 

Earlier in the day, Judge Schroeder banned MSNBC from the courthouse after police said they briefly detained a man who had followed the jury bus and may have tried to photograph jurors.

Schroeder said the man had claimed to be working for MSNBC.

NBC News said the man was a freelancer who never contacted or intended to contact the jurors during deliberations and never intended to photograph them. The jurors are anonymous by order of the court.

Schroeder said they were riding in a bus whose windows had been covered over to keep them from seeing any signs about the case.

Schroeder said the matter is under further investigation.