The defense ended its case Thursday at the homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old accused of killing two people and injuring a third last summer. Final arguments are expected to begin on Monday – both parties will have two and a half hours each for arguments and rejections.
Defense attorneys were trying to move home the point that Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense when he killed two protesters and injured another at a police brutality protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in 2020.
The final three witnesses took the stand: John Black, an expert on the use of force; Brittni Bray, Kenosha police officer; and Frank Andrew Hernandez, a self-identified journalist who filmed the riots.
The testimonies come one day after Rittenhouse broke down when he was questioned about killing the first victim. “I didn’t do anything wrong, I defended myself,” he said.
But the prosecution tried to discredit the core of his defense by questioning why a teenager who illegally owned an AR-15-style rifle would feel his life was in danger. Thomas Binger, the chief prosecutor, attempted to paint Rittenhouse as an armed threat.
“You tell us you felt like you were going to die, didn’t you? But when you point the gun at someone else, that will make them feel like they’re going to die, won’t it? That’s what you wanted him to make you feel,” Binger said. Wednesday.