Jury deliberations in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial began on Tuesday in the midwestern US city of Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse has been charged with the shootings of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injuring Gage Grosskretz during a chaotic night of protests against racial injustice in Kenosha in August 2020.
After the police shot and killed Jacob Blake, a black man who was paralyzed from the waist down, protests erupted.
In closing arguments on Monday, prosecutors said 17-year-old Rittenhouse incited bloodshed by bringing a semi-automatic rifle to the protest and endangering others, then following the murders and wounding of Rosenbaum and Huber as a “hero in a Western”. was going on like Grosskretz.
Rittenhouse’s attorney said that his client, who has pleaded not guilty, acted in self-defense after being ambushed by a “crazy man”, fearing he would snatch his gun and kill him. Will put it to work.
The trial has rekindled intense debate in America over gun ownership, vigilance and law and order, as well as memories of the acquittal of George Zimmerman in the 2013 shooting murder of an unarmed black teenager, Trayvon Martin.
Rittenhouse faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison if convicted of first-degree willful manslaughter, the most serious of the charges.