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Mr Rittenhouse, 18, has been charged with homicide in the deaths of two men he shot during a night of protests and riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin last year – Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26. He also shot a third man, Gauge Grosskreutz, who was wounded but survived.
On Wednesday, Mr Rittenhouse broke down crying during emotional testimony in which he insisted he acted in self-defense and “didn’t do anything wrong.”
In another dramatic moment, his lawyers motioned to declare a mistrial, citing “prosecutorial misconduct.” The defence accused prosecutors of violating Mr Rittenhouse’s rights by mentioning his silence in the wake of the 25 August 2020 shootings and by referencing a video that was previously deemed inadmissible.
If the motion is granted, Mr Rittenhouse cannot be tried again for the same crimes.
If Mr Rittenhouse is convicted, he could face life in prison.
The surreal moments from Rittenhouse trial
Many unexpected and dramatic scenes unfolded inside the courtroom as Kyle Rittenhouse was tried for shooting three men — two fatally– last year.
Among these included the breakdown of the 18-year-old accused as he took the stand, while others centred around Judge Bruce Schroeder whose phone on Wednesday interrupted the trial as it blared Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless The USA” ringtone during the proceedings.
What are the other provocative moments? Read this report by Megan Sheets to find more:
Rittenhouse’s homicide trial is expected to wrap up early next week in Kenosha, Wisconsin
Who is Bruce Schroeder? The judge presiding Rittenhouse trial
Longtime Wisconsin trial judge presiding over the Kyle Rittenhouse double homicide trial has been scrutinised over his courtroom manner and argument with prosecutors of the high-profile case.
Who is this Wisconsin’s longest-service active trial judge?
Read this report from Alex Woodward.
Longtime Wisconsin trial judge has been at the centre of the closely watched case
Kenosha remains calm as Rittenhouse trial draws to a close
The city of Kenosha, which saw violent unrest last summer, prepares itself for the verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, as the trial draws to a close.
The residents are hopeful that quiet, calm and peace in the city will remain upon the conclusion of the trial.
“We’re a little dismayed by the situation. This case should have been cut and dry. You kill two people in the street, you get punished for it, end of story,” city’s resident Max Lewis told NBC News. “[The case] affected the energy of the city in a negative way. It’s not the same. Everyone is trying to avoid the situation as well as keep an eye out on the situation.”
Rittenhouse brought gun for ‘protection’, claims his mother
Kyle Rittenhouse’s mother defended her son’s actions during last summer’s unrest, as the court prepares to hear the closing arguments in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.
Wendy Rittenhouse told MSNBC that her son “brought that gun for protection.”
“If he didn’t have that gun, my son would’ve been dead,” she added.
Jury in the Rittenhouse to consider provocation
The jurors deciding the fate of Kyle Rittenhouse will be allowed to consider whether the accused provoked the first fatal encounter in Kenosha last year as well as weigh if he can be found guilty of a charge less serious than first-degree homicide, the judge said on Friday.
Judge Bruce Schroeder order is considered a boost for prosecutors, as it provides them an opportunity to argue that Rittenhouse was an aggressor.
The judge told Rittenhouse that by including the lesser charges, “you’re raising the risk of conviction, although you’re avoiding the possibility that the jury will end up compromising on the more serious crime. And you’re also decreasing the risk that you’ll end up with a second trial because the jury is unable to agree.”
Kenosha authorities prepare for the trial outcome
The authorities in Kenosha prepares for the trial outcome in Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial, as Wisconsin Governor Tony Evers authorised 500 National Guard to support local law enforcement in ensuring public safety.
“We continue to be in close contact with our partners at the local level to ensure the state provides support and resources to help keep the Kenosha community and greater area safe,” the governor said in a statement on 12 November.
Kenosha police also released a statement on Thursday vowing to “ensuring the safety” of the public.
My colleague Alex Woodward has more:
Closing arguments in closely watched case begin on 15 November, with verdict to follow
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Mr Rittenhouse, 18, faces multiple charges including homicide and minor in possession of a weapon for shooting three people – two fatally – during racial justice protests in Kenosha, on 25 August 2020.