On Wednesday, lawyers defending Kyle Rittenhouse against several murder charges called for a mistrial. Rittenhouse claimed self-defense when he killed two men and wounded a third one during a violent protest in Kenosha last year.
The prosecution charged him with intentional homicide over the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber.
He also faces reckless and attempted homicide for wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, 27. If found guilty on the homicide charges, Rittenhouse faces life in prison.
Lawyers for Kyle Rittenhouse Call For A Mistrial, Says Teen Defended Himself
Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand yesterday during his trial. During his testimony, lawyers demanded a mistrial as they argued over the chief prosecutors’ seemingly out-of-bounds questioning.
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Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder seemed to agree with Rittenhouse’s lawyers. Several times, Schroeder stopped prosecutors and ordered the jury out of the courtroom.
He also loudly chastised prosecutor Thomas Binger. The latter’s line of questioning led to the requests for a mistrial from the defense.
If Schroeder says yes, prosecutors cannot bring Kyle Rittenhouse to court over the same charges again. Schroeder did not immediately rule on the request. However, he asked members of the jury to expect closing arguments by next week.
Kyle Rittenhouse Says He Did It In Self-Defense
Rittenhouse is on trial for the shootings that occurred in midst of a protest over the death of a black man caused by a white police officer.
He went to Kenosha with an AR-style semi-automatic weapon and a medic bag. He said that he went there to help protect property after rioters set fires and ransacked businesses on previous nights.
The teenager’s account corroborates the video testimony and the prosecution witnesses. He said that the one man cornered him and put his hand on the barrel of his rifle.
A second man hit him with a skateboard. Then, a third man came at him with a gun of his own. Rittenhouse testified that he killed two men and wounded a third during their attack.
“I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself,” he insisted. The now 18-year-old recounted the events that led to that fateful shooting. At one point, the teenager sobbed so hard that the judge called for a break.
Americans Divided Over Kyle Rittenhouse Case
The case divided Americans on whether Kyle Rittenhouse was a patriot or a vigilante out to commit violent acts. The prosecutor tried to convince the jury that Rittenhouse was fully responsible for creating a dangerous situation.
“You understand that when you point your AR-15 at someone, it may make them feel like you’re going to kill them, correct?” Binger asked.
The teen’s decision to take the stand himself carried risks. Often, expert lawyers can conduct cross-examinations that can induce witnesses to contradict themselves.
Other legal minds also questioned the need for Rittenhouse to take the stand. Many noted that earlier in the trial, the prosecution’s own witnesses confirmed that Rittenhouse likely acted in self-defense.
Watch the FOX 13 Tampa Bay video reporting that Kyle Rittenhouse cries on the stand; judge pauses trial:
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