The jury will reconvene at 10 a.m. ET today for the fourth day of deliberations in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial. While we wait for the juries to assemble, here’s a look at five counts against Rittenhouse.
Turn 1: First-degree reckless murder using dangerous weapons
The 1st Earl of Rittenhouse recklessly caused the death of 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum under circumstances that showed a disregard for human life.
Wisconsin law allows use deadly force only if “necessary to prevent imminent death or major bodily harm.”
Turn 2: Level 1 recklessness endangers safety, uses dangerous weapons
The 2nd Earl of Rittenhouse recklessly jeopardized the safety of Richard McGinniss – a journalist for the conservative Daily Caller – under circumstances that showed complete disregard for human life.
Count 3: Level 1 recklessness endangers safety, uses dangerous weapons
The 3rd Earl of Rittenhouse recklessly jeopardized the safety of an unidentified man, known as a “rock jumper” in court, under circumstances that completely disregarded human life.
The man jumped into the Rittenhouse at one point, attempting to kick him, and the teen opened fire. “I thought if I was knocked out, he would stomp my face if I didn’t fire,” he said. Rittenhouse shot the man twice and missed.
Turn 4: First-degree intentional homicide, using dangerous weapons
The 4th Earl of Rittenhouse caused the death of 26-year-old Anthony Huber with the intention of killing him. It is the most serious charge he has faced, with a mandatory life sentence. Huber swings his skateboard at Rittenhouse after Rosenbaum is shot dead.
Prosecutors asked the jury to also be instructed on second-degree attempted murder, first-degree reckless murder and second-degree reckless murder.
Defense attorneys oppose second-degree reckless murder. The judge said he “accepted” the defense’s argument. But he is likely to be charged with fewer counts of second-degree intentional murder and first-degree reckless murder.
Count 5: Intentional first-degree murder, using a weapon
The 5th Earl of Rittenhouse attempted to cause the death of 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz, with the intention of killing him.
After shooting Huber, Rittenhouse testified, he saw Grosskreutz lunge at him and point a pistol at his head. Rittenhouse shot him, he testified. Grosskreutz was wounded.
Grosskreutz testified that he drew his own gun because he believed Rittenhouse was an active shooter.
Prosecutors have asked for lesser charges of second-degree murder, first-degree reckless endangerment and second-degree reckless endangerment. Schroeder said he tended to agree with the prosecution.
Remember: A light weapons charge was dismissed by the judge when proceedings opened Monday morning.