November 27, 2021

Defense in Kyle Rittenhouse trial rests their case

The defense team for Kyle Rittenhouse, the teen accused of murder for his actions during the 2020 riots, has rested their case, according to The Washington Examiner.ย 

The publication reported that the legal team representing Rittenhouse called their last witness and made their last inquiry on Thursday after almost a week of testimony over the accusation that the 18-year-old murdered Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and grievously injuring Gaige Grosskreutz.

Rittenhouse himself testified and began to sob while on the stand, recounting the shootings that led to the deaths of the two men and the injury of another. The then 17-year-old has maintained throughout the trial that his actions were in self-defense.

In addition to the murder charges, Rittenhouse faces a plethora of other charges, including intentional, reckless, and attempted homicide, reckless endangerment, possessing a firearm as a minor, and curfew violation.

According to the Examiner, the irst-degree reckless homicide and first-degree intentional homicide charges bring with them a potential 60-year sentence and the first-degree recklessly endangering safety charge could be punishable by 12 1/2 years in prison while the weapons modifier charge is punishable by five years in prison.

The most serious of charges would likely leave Rittenhouse behind bars for the rest of his life.

The defendant was at an automobile dealership near the heart of Kenosha in August of 2020 during protests there when he was involved in the shooting where he used his AR-15-style rifle to protect himself against advancing rioters.

The prosecution did their best to paint the teen as a tourist who was attempting to be part of the action, while his defense team showed that the shooting happened due to Rittenhouse’s fear for his life.

Closing statements and deliberations are expected to start on Monday.

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