“The Kenosha community has been strong, resilient and has come together through extremely difficult times over the past two years, and healing is continuing,” Evers said in a statement Friday. “I urge those who are not from this area to please respect the community by reviewing any travel plans there and encourage those who may choose to assemble and exercise Amendment rights. their first to do it safely and peacefully.”
Closing arguments will be given for up to five hours on Monday, and a jury of eight men and 10 women will be narrowed down to 12 by a drawing of names, according to the judge. A possible ruling this week in a case has caught the attention of a divided nation.
Some viewed Rittenhouse, 18, as an armed vigilante who should have gone to jail, others said he acted in self-defense while there to help provide first aid and protect people’s property.
Rittenhouse now faces five counts and one misdemeanor firearm count. If Rittenhouse is found guilty of the most serious crimes against him, he will face the mandatory sentence of life in prison.
He pleaded not guilty to six counts.
Judge is considering lesser charges for Rittenhouse
If the prosecution could not determine Rittenhouse’s charge of the charge beyond a reasonable doubt, Schroeder explained, the jury must acquit him.
The judge said he would allow the jury to consider lesser charges in the shooting that killed Anthony Huber. Rittenhouse was charged with willful first-degree murder while using a dangerous weapon in Huber’s death.
Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree reckless murder using a dangerous weapon in the death of Joseph Rosenbaum.
For endangering the safety of Richard McGinnis, Rittenhouse was charged with reckless endangerment of the first degree while using a dangerous weapon.
For the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz, Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree murder while using a dangerous weapon.
And for endangering the safety of an unidentified man – known in court as a “jump kick man” – Rittenhouse was charged with recklessly attempting to endanger the first degree while using use a dangerous weapon.
Prosecutors asked the jury for provocative guidance, after alleging that Rittenhouse provoked Rosenbaum by raising a gun and pointing it at someone, which prompted Rosenbaum to run after him. The judge agreed to allow the jury to consider whether Rittenhouse incited Rosenbaum to attack him – thereby denying the possibility of self-defence.
Ellie Honig, a senior legal analyst at CNN and a former prosecutor, said the provocative directive was an important victory for the prosecution.
Honig said the guidance allows prosecutors to argue “the defendant went too far, used deadly force when reasonably unnecessary” and that he “incited the attack, and therefore did not be able to defend themselves.”
Prosecutors also asked the judge for jury instructions to consider the charges of second-degree reckless endangerment, but the request was denied.
The lone survivor of the shooting says he considers Rittenhouse an ‘active shooter’
During cross-examination, Rittenhouse said he knew Rosenbaum was unarmed when he ran towards him, saying he pointed a gun at Rosenbaum to deter him. Rittenhouse noted that he was aware it was dangerous to point a gun at someone.
“He was chasing me, I was alone, he threatened to kill me earlier that night. I didn’t want to have to shoot him,” Rittenhouse testified. “I pointed it at him because he kept running at me, and I didn’t want him chasing me.”
Rittenhouse said he was afraid Rosenbaum – who didn’t touch him – would pull out a gun and kill someone.
Grosskreutz, 27, testified in court that he first met Rittenhouse when “the defendant was essentially providing medical aid” to those present at the rally.
Then, Grosskreutz said he heard gunshots and heard people screaming for help, so he ran in the direction of the shooting.
He stopped and turned around when a moment later Rittenhouse passed him on the street, Grosskreutz said, adding that when Rittenhouse passed him, he thought he heard him say, “I was working with police and do nothing.”
Grosskreutz said that after hearing people screaming that Rittenhouse had just shot someone, he soon became convinced that Rittenhouse was an active shooter.
“Many people pointed out to the defendant, saying he just shot someone, that he was trying to run away,” Grosskreutz said.
Grosskreutz told jurors: “On closer examination of what I’ve heard, experienced and witnessed the night before, I think the defendant was an active shooter.
CNN’s Aya Elamroussi and Steve Almasy contributed to this report.