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“He’s looked me in the eyes several times,” said Susan Hughes, Anthony Huber’s great aunt.
Rittenhouse killed her great nephew, Huber, with a single gunshot to the chest when Huber swung his skateboard at the Antioch teenager as he ran, just seconds after he shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum.
Rittenhouse, then 17, has repeatedly claimed he fired his AR-15-style rifle to save himself.
“I did not hear remorse from him,” Hughes said. “I did not hear I’m sorry that I killed these people.”
Like his great-aunt, Huber’s girlfriend, Hannah Gittings, is also a fixture at the courthouse.”I want people to know Anthony was a real life human being he was an amazing human being,” Gittings said.
The fiancée of Joseph Rosenbaum has also been in court.
The jury of seven women and five men must decide if Rittenhouse killed Rosenbaum and Huber and wounded a third man in self-defense and if the now-18-year-old reasonably feared for his life.
“It’s just impossible to figure out exactly what they’re hung up,” said ABC7 Legal Analyst Gil Soffer. “On, or if they’re hung up on anything. This could be anything from just responsibly wanting to go through every bit of evidence to be absolutely certain they have a right to there’s a single holdout who everybody else is trying to convince, to go their way and so they’re working their way all through the evidence.”
If convicted of the most serious charges, Rittenhouse could face life in prison.
In an effort to protect their privacy and reach a consensus free from the outside world, jurors are being so closely guarded that Judge Schroeder convened court Thursday to admonish a member of the media.
Judge Schroeder said he had banned anyone from the cable news network MSNBC from entering the courthouse. The move was in response to a freelance producer who was stopped by police for running a red light Wednesday night while he was following a bus carrying the jurors as they left the courthouse for the day.
“This is a very serious matter and I don’t know what the ultimate truth of it is,” Schroeder said. “But absolutely it would go without much thinking that someone who is following the jury bus, that is a very…extremely serious matter.”
NBC News released a statement that said: “Last night, a freelancer received a traffic citation. 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. We regret the incident and will fully cooperate with the authorities on any investigation.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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