PODCAST: Jury Reaches a Verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s Double Murder Trial (BCNN1 11.19.21)

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According to the Daily Mail, The jury has reached a verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse’s double murder trial on the fourth day of deliberation. Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shootings, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other counts for killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. Eighteen jurors have heard the case; the 12 who decided Rittenhouse’s fate and the six who were alternates. The governor of Wisconsin, Tony Evers, said on Monday that 500 Wisconsin Army National Guard troops are reporting for active duty to support local law enforcement agencies. Protests were expected ahead of the high-profile case that kicked off in Kenosha, Wisconsin in summer 2020 after the shooting of Jacob Blake.

According to WBAL-TV, Baltimore police are looking for a person of interest in the death of a long-time church worker and volunteer in east Baltimore. The body of Evelyn Player, 69, was discovered on Tuesday morning. Police told 11 News that thanks to help from people in the neighborhood, they have a person of interest, someone investigators said is known in the area. Meanwhile, Bishop Donte Hickman shared with 11 News the kind of person Player was. “It’s been unsettling in my spirit and a violation to our home — our home in this community,” Hickman said. On Tuesday morning, Player got to church early to let in some contractors and get started on her duties there. Soon after, a maintenance worker found her body inside a bathroom. Investigators tell the 11 News I-Team Player had trauma to her body. “Typically, Evelyn would not come as early. We have other male sextons that come to the church, she just beat everybody here. She had been praying all week, praying and crying, and she may have come to the church early to have some time to pray by herself,” the bishop said. While a paid employee, Player also volunteered. “She helped to feed this community, she helped to vaccinate this community, test them when they were sick, to provide flu shots, helping with Hopkins and others who came to the church. She was a willing worker,” Hickman said. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan is offering a $100,000 reward to help solve her murder.

According to NPR News, More than 100,000 people died over a 12-month period from fatal drug overdoses for the first time in U.S. history, according to new data from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention. “To all those families who have mourned a loved one and to all those people who are facing addiction or are in recovery: you are in our hearts,” President Biden said in a statement issued by the White House. “Together, we will turn the tide on this epidemic.” “This tragic milestone represents an increase of 28.5%” over the same period just a year earlier, said Dr. Deb Houry with the CDC in a call with reporters Wednesday. Dr. Rahul Gupta, who heads the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, called the surge in drug fatalities “unacceptable.” “An overdose is a cry for help,” Gupta said during the press conference. “For far too many people that cry goes unanswered. This requires a whole lot of government response and evidence-based strategies.”

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In closing, remember, God loves you. He always has and He always will. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” If you don’t know Jesus as your Saviour, today is a good day to get to know Him. Just believe in your heart that Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose from the dead for you. Pray and ask Him to come into your heart and He will. Romans 10:13 says, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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