Commonwealth’s attorney Kevin Stolarz says jurors deliberated for nearly seven hours before going home for the night without reaching a verdict in the murder trial of detective Richard Rittenhouse.
Rittenhouse is accused of shooting his wife in the bathroom of their Northeast Philadelphia home in 2015, knowing she had cerebral palsy and was confined to a wheelchair.
Earlier in the trial, Stolarz said Rittenhouse shot his wife in an “enraged frenzy” after she failed to help him lure a wanted man to their home. But defense attorney A. Paul Capone Jr. argued in closing arguments Thursday that the fight started after a paranoid Rittenhouse chased his wife, Shaunna, through the house and a neighbor’s house for refusing to let him into their home.
A Philadelphia judge declared a mistrial earlier this week in the trial of Richard Rittenhouse, a 22-year police veteran and the son of the detective assigned to investigate the police officer officer shooting of Hakeem Harris in 1993.
Jurors sent a note Thursday to the judge saying they were “hopelessly deadlocked,” but then resumed deliberations without saying what they were struggling with. The judge immediately closed the courtroom and called for jurors to leave court for the night.
The jurors were not given a plan of the day for coming back to court.