The jury will meet again at 10.00 ET today for a fourth day of deliberations in the murder case against Kyle Rittenhouse. While we wait for jurors to gather, here’s a look at the five crimes against Rittenhouse.
Point 1: First-degree ruthless murder, use of a dangerous weapon
Count 1 indicates that Rittenhouse ruthlessly caused the death of 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum in circumstances that showed complete disregard for human life.
Wisconsin law allows use of lethal force only if it is “necessary to prevent imminent death or major bodily injury.”
Count 2: First-degree ruthless danger to safety, use of a dangerous weapon
Count 2 states that Rittenhouse ruthlessly endangered the safety of Richard McGinniss – a journalist from the conservative Daily Caller – in circumstances that show complete disregard for human life.
Counting 3: First-degree ruthless danger to safety, use of a dangerous weapon
Count 3 indicates that Rittenhouse ruthlessly endangered the safety of an unknown man, referred to as the “jump kick-man” in court, in circumstances that show complete disregard for human life.
The man jumped towards Rittenhouse at one point and tried to kick him, and the teenager opened fire. “I thought if I was going to be knocked out, he would have trampled my face in if I did not shoot,” he said. Rittenhouse shot at the man twice and missed.
Point 4: First-degree intentional murder, use of a dangerous weapon
Count 4 indicates that Rittenhouse caused the death of 26-year-old Anthony Huber with the intent to kill him. It is the most serious charge he faces, with a mandatory life sentence. Huber swung his skateboard at Rittenhouse after Rosenbaum was fatally shot.
Prosecutors requested that the jury also be instructed on second-degree intentional murder, first-degree reckless murder and second-degree reckless murder.
Defense attorneys objected to second-degree ruthless murder. The judge said he “embraced” the defense’s argument. But he will likely allow minor charges of second-degree willful murder and first-degree reckless murder.
Point 5: Attempted first-degree premeditated murder, use of a weapon
Counting 5 states that Rittenhouse tried to cause the death of 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz with the intent to kill him.
After shooting Huber, Rittenhouse testified as he saw Grosskreutz throw himself at him and point a gun at his head. Rittenhouse shot him, he testified. Grosskreutz was wounded.
Grosskreutz testified that he pulled out his own firearm because he believed Rittenhouse was an active shooter.
Prosecutors asked for minor charges of attempted second-degree intentional homicide, first-degree ruthless danger and second-degree ruthless danger. Schroeder said he tended to agree with prosecutors.
Remember: A charge of gun crime was dismissed by the judge when the trial opened Monday morning.