Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Jurors will begin day three of deliberations a day after reviewing drone video key of defense request to quash trial | Today Headlines

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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The 12-person jury, made up of five men and seven women, deliberated on five charges Tuesday and Wednesday. So far, they have asked the court a handful of questions, including requests to review much of the video evidence from the shootings.

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.

The defense also filed a motion to quash the trial with prejudice – meaning the state would not be able to retry Rittenhouse – for intentional “abuse of power” related to the prosecution’s line of questioning during testimony. from Rittenhouse last week.
Judge Bruce Schroeder did not rule on either of the two motions.
The deliberations come after a two-week trial highlighted by moving and compelling testimony from Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old at the center of debates over self-defense, gun ownership and the Black Lives Matter protests. At the stand, he told jurors – and the public watching them – that he acted in self-defense.

“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.

The charges stem from the chaotic unrest last year following the Kenosha police shooting against Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man. After rioting and fiery destruction, Rittenhouse, 17 at the time, took a medical kit and an AR-15 style rifle and joined a group of other armed people in Kenosha on August 25, 2020.
There, Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum – who was chasing the teenager and threw a bag at him – then attempted to run away. A crowd of people chased the teenager and Rittenhouse shot an unidentified man who tried to kick him; shot Anthony Huber, who hit him with a skateboard; and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was armed with a pistol.

What happened in the trial

Prosecutors called 22 witnesses over the six days as they sought to show that Rittenhouse had acted recklessly that night and provoked Rosenbaum by pointing the gun at him, triggering the series of events that followed. .

“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.”

However, at the stand, Rittenhouse said he acted in self-defense when he shot Rosenbaum four times, who he said had threatened him earlier, chased him, threw a bag and sacked him. ‘was rushed to his gun. Rittenhouse also referred to the three other people he shot as part of a “mob” chasing him.
Prosecution says Kyle Rittenhouse caused fatal shootings, while defense says he feared for his life
He became emotional and burst into tears during his testimony as he began to recount the initial shooting, which led to a split in the case.

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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