Jury set to deliberate Tuesday in Kyle Rittenhouse trial
Rittenhouse is accused of murdering two men, and injuring a third following protests last year in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Jury deliberations are scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who faces murder and other felony charges after he fatally shot two men and wounded a third last year.
Attorneys for both sides finished their closing arguments Monday following two weeks of testimony in the controversial case.
Rittenhouse is charged with two counts of first degree murder, one count of attempted murder, and two counts of recklessly endangering safety.
Prosecutors in the case are trying to combat Rittenhouse’s self-defense claims by telling jurors he went to the protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin with the “intent to provoke protesters.”
"You cannot claim self-defense against a danger you create," said assistant district attorney Thomas Binger. "If you're the one who's threatening others, you lose the right to claim self-defense."
Rittenhouse’s defense attorney Mark Richards told jurors that his client was “afraid for his life” and that he only went to Kenosha to help protect a local business, and was ambushed by protesters.
“He came down here trying to help, to see the damage, and that's what he did," Richards said.