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Rittenhouse Trial Enters 11th Day, Jury Begins Deliberations

Kenosha, WI - Today marks the 11th day of the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse faces charges of first-degree reckless homicide for the killing of Joseph Rosenbaum, first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree intentional homicide for the killing of Anthony Huber, attempted first-degree intentional homicide for the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz, and another charge of first-degree recklessly endangering safety. Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Shroeder recently dismissed a charge against Rittenhouse for carrying a firearm illegally as a person under the age of 18.

(Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool)

On Monday, both the prosecution and defense gave their closing statements. The prosecution argued that Rittenhouse could not claim self-defense for a danger he created. The prosecution also stated that Rittenhouse could have fled or that a reasonable person would not have attended the events that night. They added that Rittenhouse lied to the press and bystanders by saying that Rosenbaum drew a gun (he was unarmed) and that he was a certified EMT.

The defense argued that the prosecution was “lying” and that Rittenhouse was under attack, although this is not clear in the video. The defense also pointed fingers at other bystanders calling them rioters and saying that Gaige Grosskreutz should have retreated rather than confront Rittenhouse.

Jury deliberations began Tuesday at 9:15 am local time. On Tuesday, the 18 members of the jury (10 women, 8 men) were narrowed down to 12 through a random drawing, and the remaining 6 will be kept as alternates.

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