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Crime Kyle Rittenhouse trial starts Monday in Kenosha, Wisconsin: What to know about the case

12:50  01 november  2021
12:50  01 november  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

Legal experts see strong self-defense claim for Rittenhouse

  Legal experts see strong self-defense claim for Rittenhouse When Kyle Rittenhouse goes on trial Monday for shooting three men during street protests in Wisconsin that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake last summer, he'll argue that he fired in self-defense. Legal experts say under Wisconsin law he has a strong case. What's less clear is whether prosecutors will be able to persuade the jury that Rittenhouse created a deadly situation by showing up in Kenosha with an AR-style semiautomatic rifle — and that in doing so he forfeited his claim to self-defense. © Provided by Associated Press Circuit Court Judge Bruce E.

MILWAUKEE — Kyle Rittenhouse will go on trial Monday in the shooting of three people, two fatally, during a protest against police brutality after the shooting of Jacob Blake.

Since then, the case and its characters have provided a constant stream of intrigue, outrage and propaganda, in both mainstream and niche conservative media outlets where he has occasionally been portrayed as a patriot and symbol of gun rights as well as a self-defense hero and boy-next-door.

Kyle Rittenhouse appears for an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill. Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin. © Nam Y. Huh, Associated Press Kyle Rittenhouse appears for an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill. Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Rittenhouse has been charged with intentional, reckless and attempted homicide, reckless endangerment and curfew violation. He’s also charged with possessing a firearm as a minor, which is a misdemeanor.

What to know about Kyle Rittenhouse as his homicide trial begins in Kenosha

  What to know about Kyle Rittenhouse as his homicide trial begins in Kenosha Rittenhouse was 17 years old on Aug. 25, 2020, when he traveled from his home in Antioch, Ill., just south of the state border, to Kenosha, one of hundreds of armed civilians who purportedly answered a call to protect local businesses against protesters. © Mark Hertzberg Kyle Rittenhouse,, accused of shooting three people during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin last year, waits for a motion hearing, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021, in Kenosha, Wis. Kyle Rittenhouse,, accused of shooting three people during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin last year, waits for a motion hearing, Tuesday, Oct.

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Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce is presiding in his large second-floor courtroom. Masks are not required inside the Kenosha County Courthouse, and social distancing is not enforced. Schroeder has set aside two weeks for the trial.

More: A timeline of how the Kyle Rittenhouse case played out over the last year following the shootings in Kenosha

His lawyers say Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. Here's what to know about his trial.

Rittenhouse charged with multiple counts, including homicide

Rittenhouse faces five felonies, a misdemeanor and a curfew ticket from the events of Aug. 25, 2020. Using an AR-15-type rifle, he killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz. His lawyers say he acted in lawful self-defense.

2 high-profile trials take national stage, may hinge on video

  2 high-profile trials take national stage, may hinge on video The murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is set to occur at the same time as the trial of three white men accused of killing Ahmaud Arbery in Georgia. Jury selection in the trial of 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of killing two white people and wounding a third during a protest over the police shooting of a Black man in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is set to begin on Monday.

The most serious charge was first-degree intentional homicide for the fatal shooting of Huber, the second victim, who prosecutors say was shot in the chest while trying to pull Rittenhouse's gun from him.

Rittenhouse is also charged with endangering the safety of a reporter for The Daily Caller who was recording from nearby when Rosenbaum was shot and an unidentified man Rittenhouse shot at as the man tried to kick him.

Related: This is how jurors will be selected to serve in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial

Rittenhouse considered himself militia

Rittenhouse considered himself a militia member trying to protect life and property, according to videos, interviews and social media posts. He was 17 at the time of the shooting but has since turned 18.

The night of the shooting, Rittenhouse told reporters that he was armed with a rifle to protect a local parking lot. Wisconsin law allows for gun owners to carry their firearms in public, though it is unclear whether the Illinois 17-year-old would have been prohibited as a minor.

EXPLAINER: What charges does Kyle Rittenhouse face?

  EXPLAINER: What charges does Kyle Rittenhouse face? MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Opening statements were expected Tuesday in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, who shot three men, killing two of them and wounding the third, during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Rittenhouse has argued he fired in self-defense after the men attacked him. Here's a look at the charges: FIRST-DEGREE RECKLESS HOMICIDE, USE OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON This felony charge is connected to the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, the first man Rittenhouse shot. Bystander video shows Rosenbaum chasing Rittenhouse through a parking lot and throwing a plastic bag at him. Rittenhouse flees behind a car and Rosenbaum follows.

Neither side sought to have the trial elsewhere

Rittenhouse's trial on homicide and other charges is set to start Monday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, at 9 a.m. with jury selection.

In a typical criminal felony trial, most clerks of court will summon 30-60 people from the county as potential jurors, selected randomly from state driver's license and ID card records.

For trials for cases that have generated lots of publicity, it's not uncommon for defendants to seek a change of venue — to have the trial held in a different county, or before jurors brought in from another county.

Perhaps because the Rittenhouse case has generated a super-high level of national publicity, neither side sought to have the trial elsewhere, knowing that potential jurors in almost any part of Wisconsin would be familiar with the case.

Judge has sparked controversy before

Schroeder is the longest-serving current judge in Wisconsin. He's also becoming a polarizing national figure for his early decisions in the Rittenhouse trial.

Schroeder, 75, said last week the people shot by Rittenhouse could not be called "victims" — a term he routinely bans in his trials unless someone has been convicted of a crime against the person. But after Schroeder also didn't ban defense lawyers from calling the men "looters, rioters, arsonists or any other pejorative term," national scrutiny followed.

Kyle Rittenhouse trial begins: Key takeaways from Day 1

  Kyle Rittenhouse trial begins: Key takeaways from Day 1 A jury heard two wildly different scenarios of how two men were killed and another was wounded allegedly by teenager Kyle Rittenhouse at a 2020 protest in Kenosha. In opening statements presented Tuesday morning to the Kenosha County Circuit Court panel, a prosecutor said the evidence will show Rittenhouse, 18, was an "active shooter" whose reckless behavior led to the deadly incident. But a defense attorney countered that the same evidence indicates that it was "reasonable" for the teenager to use deadly force to defend himself from what he claims was a mob attacking him.

Schroeder has presided over other high-profile trials, including a major reversal in one of them. He also prompted controversy recently after he quoted a racial slur, a moment caught on camera during online streaming of court proceedings last year.

Kyle Rittenhouse trial: Judge has sparked controversy before, insists the case is not 'political'

How you can watch the proceedings

CourtTV, a streaming news site that used to be a cable channel, plans to cover the entire trial. Schroeder and county officials have let CourtTV set up three cameras, and its audio and video will serve as the feed to other news outlets.

The trial will stream live — supplemented with CourtTV's own commentary —  on CourtTV.com.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY Network, will have multiple reporters providing coverage, including via a live blog at jsonline.com

Contributing: Gina Barton and Cary Spiva, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel; The Associated Press.

Follow Bruce Vielmetti on Twitter at @ProofHearsay.

This article originally appeared on Milwaukee Journal Sentinel: Kyle Rittenhouse trial starts Monday in Kenosha, Wisconsin: What to know about the case

EXPLAINER: Did state's own witnesses hurt Rittenhouse case? .
KENOSHA, Wisconsin (AP) — Prosecutors wrapped up more than a week of testimony at Kyle Rittenhouse’s homicide trial after calling more than a dozen witnesses — some appearing to help the defense more than the prosecution. The onus was on prosecutors to counter Rittenhouse’s self-defense claim in shooting dead two protesters and wounding a third at a protest in Kenosha last year following the shooting of Jacob Blake, who is Black, by a white police officer. The defense team began their case on Tuesday.

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