Kyle Rittenhouse cleared of all charges in Kenosha shootings

KENOSHA, Wis. — Kyle Rittenhouse has been acquitted of all charges after pleading self-defense in the deadly Kenosha, Wisconsin, shootings that became a flashpoint in the nation’s debate over guns, vigilantism and racial injustice. The jury came back with its verdict afer close to 3 1/2 days of deliberation. Rittenhouse, 18, could have gotten life […]

Jury begins deliberating at Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial

KENOSHA, Wis. — The jury has begun deliberating at Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial after two weeks of testimony in which they were given starkly different portrayals of his actions the night he shot three men on the streets of Kenosha. Prosecutors say Rittenhouse was a “wannabe soldier” who provoked a confrontation, while the defense says […]

Raffle drum will set final 12 Rittenhouse jurors

KENOSHA, Wis.  — The judge in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial will use a raffle drum that sat in the courtroom throughout the two-week trial to select jurors who will be dismissed from the pool of 18 to get to the final 12 who will decide the case. Schroeder told jurors last week that he would […]

Judge dismisses weapons charge at Rittenhouse murder trial

KENOSHA, Wis. — The judge at Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial has dismissed a count of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18. The charge is only a misdemeanor, but it had appeared to be among the likeliest to net a conviction for prosecutors. There’s no dispute that Rittenhouse was 17 when he […]

What we learned from the 2nd week of the Kyle Rittenhouse homicide trial

KENOSHA, Wis. — Prosecutors and defense lawyers have rested their cases in the closely watched homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who shot and killed two protesters one night last year in Wisconsin. Over eight days of testimony — including a dramatic turn by Rittenhouse himself, where he sobbed on the stand — witnesses […]

Jury to get to weigh some lesser charges in Rittenhouse case

KENOSHA, Wis. — The jury that will decide Kyle Rittenhouse’s fate will be allowed to consider some lesser charges if they opt to acquit him on some of the original counts prosecutors brought. After fierce debate between prosecutors and attorneys for the 18-year-old Illinois man on Friday without jurors present, Judge Bruce Schroeder said he […]

Defense rests its case at murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse

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 […]

Defense calls for mistrial as Kyle Rittenhouse takes the stand in his homicide trial

KENOSHA, Wis. — Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old who shot and killed two demonstrators at a racial justice protest last year in Kenosha, Wis., took the stand in his highly-watched homicide trial to say he feared for his life when he fired his rifle. In dramatic testimony Wednesday, Rittenhouse described a sequence of events that he […]

Rittenhouse says first man he shot threatened to kill him

KENOSHA, Wis. — Kyle Rittenhouse broke down in tears on the witness stand at his murder trial Wednesday, describing how he was being pursued by the first man he shot and killed during a night of turbulent street protests in Kenosha. Rittenhouse said he was walking toward a Car Source lot with a fire extinguisher […]

Prosecutors in Rittenhouse trial rest their case, but face questions about strategy

KENOSHA, Wis. — The prosecution has rested its case in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who’s accused of two homicides and another attempted homicide during protests in Kenosha, Wis. last year. Rittenhouse, now 18, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz during a racial justice protest on […]

Pathologist: Rittenhouse shot first man at close range

KENOSHA, Wis. — A forensic pathologist says the first man killed by Kyle Rittenhouse during a night of turbulent protests in Kenosha was shot at close range of just a few feet and had soot injuries that could indicate he had his hand over the barrel of Rittenhouse’s gun. But Dr. Doug Kelley from the […]

A person shot in the arm by Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha takes the stand at his trial

KENOSHA, Wis. — Gaige Grosskreutz, the only person who survived being shot by Kyle Rittenhouse last year at a chaotic demonstration in Kenosha, Wis., took the stand in a pivotal moment in Rittenhouse’s homicide trial. In three hours of dramatic testimony Monday, Grosskreutz, 27, acknowledged that he was armed with a pistol on the evening […]

Prosecutors show Rittenhouse trial jurors video of shootings

KENOSHA, Wis. — The jury at Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial over shootings on the streets of Kenosha watched one of the central pieces of video evidence Wednesday — footage of a man chasing Rittenhouse and throwing a plastic bag at him just before the man was gunned down. Prosecutors also played many other videos that […]

Starkly different portrayals of Rittenhouse in Kenosha trial

KENOSHA, Wis.  — A prosecutor says Kyle Rittenhouse instigated the confrontation that led him to shoot three people on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, during a turbulent protest against racial injustice. But Rittenhouse’s attorney says his client acted in self-defense after one of the men dove for his gun and others kicked him in the […]

Rittenhouse trial goes to opening statements after jury set

KENOSHA, Wis.  — The homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse headed toward opening statements Tuesday after a jury was seated in just a day despite the polarizing nature of the case. About a dozen prospective jurors were dismissed after expressing strong opinions about the case or worrying that they couldn’t be fair. Others feared for their […]