KENOSHA, Wis. — The defense has rested its case at the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. The judge has indicated closing arguments could be held Monday.
The end of the defense side of the case Thursday came a day after the 18-year-old Rittenhouse told the jury he was defending himself from attack and had no choice when he shot three men on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a tumultuous night of protests against racial injustice in the summer of 2020.
The case has divided Americans over whether Rittenhouse was a patriot taking a stand against lawlessness or a vigilante. He could get life in prison if convicted.
KENOSHA, Wis. — A use-of-force expert says less than three seconds elapsed between the time a protester in the streets fired a shot in the air and Kyle Rittenhouse opened fire with his rifle.
John Black testified Thursday for the defense at Rittenhouse’s murder trial.
Defense attorneys want to show Rittenhouse had reason to fear for his life and acted in self-defense when he shot three men, killing two, during protests in Kenosha last year.
On Wednesday, Rittenhouse told jurors that he tried to get away from his pursuers and never wanted to kill anyone, saying: “I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself.”
EXPLAINER: Could jury weigh lesser charges for Rittenhouse?
MADISON, Wis. — Prosecutors in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial could ask the jury to consider less serious charges in a trade-off that could help get a conviction but would ensure that he wouldn’t receive a life sentence.
Rittenhouse is accused of shooting three people, two fatally, during an August 2020 protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
He faces multiple charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, which is punishable by life in prison.
Rittenhouse says he fired in self-defense and prosecutors have struggled as multiple witnesses painted the men who were shot as the aggressors.
Daniel Adams, a former Milwaukee prosecutor who isn’t involved in the case, says the prosecutors trying it will likely ask jurors to consider second-degree intentional homicide charges.