Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Jurors will begin day three of deliberations a day after reviewing drone video key of defense request to quash trial
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Prosecutors received a high-definition version of the drone video mid-trial, but Rittenhouse’s defense team said they received a compressed, lower-quality version of the prosecution, which described it as a problem. technical. The defense learned of the deviation after the testimony was finished and therefore asked the judge to declare the trial set aside.
“I didn’t do anything wrong. I stood up for myself,” he said.
Rittenhouse is charged with five felonies: intentional first degree homicide, reckless first degree homicide, attempted first degree intentional homicide, and two counts of reckless first degree security breach. Jurors may also consider less serious offenses for two of the five counts. If convicted on the most serious charge, Rittenhouse could face a mandatory life sentence.
Schroeder dismissed a misdemeanor weapons possession charge and non-criminal curfew violation before deliberations.
What happened in the trial
“That’s what is causing this whole incident,” Binger said during oral argument. “When the accused provokes this incident, he loses the right to self-defense. You cannot claim self-defense against a danger that you are creating.”
The prosecution described the other three people who confronted the teenager as “heroes” trying to stop what they believed to be an active shooting. Binger also questioned the teenager’s decision to bring a gun into town in the first place, calling him a “tourist of chaos.”
In closing arguments, defense attorney Mark Richards said Rittenhouse feared for his life when he opened fire.
“Every person that was hit was attacking Kyle. One with a skateboard, one with their hands and one with their feet, one with a gun,” Richards said. “Hands and feet can cause serious bodily harm.”
The trial included more than a dozen videos from the night that showed what happened before, during and after the shooting. Most of the facts of what happened that night were not up for debate – at the heart of the trial was rather the analysis of Rittenhouse’s actions and whether they can be considered “reasonable.”
The prosecution faced a significant challenge in this case, as Wisconsin law requires the state to prove beyond a reasonable doubt that Rittenhouse did not act in self-defense. But there are limits to claiming self-defense.
“The accused may only intentionally use force which is intended or likely to cause death or grievous bodily harm if he reasonably believed that the force used was necessary to prevent imminent death or grievous bodily harm to himself “, explain the jury’s instructions.
CNN’s Mike Hayes, Carma Hassan and Cheri Mossburg contributed to this report.
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