Jury deliberates in trial of man accused of murdering estranged wife and friend

Jurors began their fourth day of deliberations on Thursday in the trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife and her friend, following testimony about domestic abuse and witness intimidation. In closing…

Jury deliberates in trial of man accused of murdering estranged wife and friend

Jurors began their fourth day of deliberations on Thursday in the trial of a man accused of killing his estranged wife and her friend, following testimony about domestic abuse and witness intimidation.

In closing arguments, prosecutors said Kyle Rittenhouse was driving home after the early morning killings of his estranged wife and her friend in late 2015 when he pulled over and opened fire with a rifle, aiming at first a man who had been stabbed by his wife.

That fatal shooting happened moments after he shot up a neighborhood bus stop, forcing the woman caught up in the gunfire to jump out of a second-story window, a court heard.

Four jurors were out on Thursday, the third day of deliberations that began on Tuesday, court records show.

A jury was selected at trial last month and hears four full days of testimony. The eight women and four men have been sequestered during the case.

Deliberations began on Monday morning. Rittenhouse, 30, is charged with the double murder of his estranged wife Alyssa Rittenhouse and her friend Shayla Laudermilk. Prosecutors say he shot them at their apartment. The women were pronounced dead at a hospital.

Court records show Rittenhouse called police hours after the shootings. He told the dispatcher he had been drinking at a club when his estranged wife arrived.

“They got into a fight. She punched me and I shot her,” he said in the call. He also said he killed Laudermilk, whom he described as “driving after her and hitting on me”.

Prosecutors said they expect jurors to take one to two days to return a verdict.

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