“That’s what provokes this whole incident,” prosecutor Thomas Binger said. “When the defendant provokes this incident, he loses the right to self-defense. You cannot invoke self-defense against a danger you create.”
In response, defense attorney Mark Richards said Rittenhouse did not act ruthlessly when he fatally shot Rosenbaum, who Richards claimed had threatened him, chased him, thrown a plastic bag at him and threw himself at his gun.
“When my client shot Joseph Rosenbaum, he feared for his life. He feared because of his past threats, past statements and the violent acts that my client had witnessed,” Richards said.
The group of 18 jurors will be narrowed down to 12 noon Tuesday morning and will then begin discussing the matter.
Rittenhouse, now 18, is charged with five crimes: first-degree premeditated murder, first-degree reckless murder, attempted first-degree premeditated murder and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. Juries are also able to consider minor offenses for two of the five counts. If Rittenhouse is convicted of the most serious charge, he risks a mandatory sentence of life in prison.
Prosecutors called up to 22 witnesses over the course of six days as they tried to show Rittenhouse provoked Rosenbaum by pointing his rifle at him and acting ruthlessly. Prosecutors portrayed the three other people confronting the teenager as “heroes” trying to stop what they thought was an active shooting.
The defense, however, said Rittenhouse acted in self-defense and feared for his life when he shot at the men.
The trial featured more than a dozen videos from the night showing what happened before, during and after the shootings. Most of the facts about what happened that night were not up for debate – rather, the core of the trial was the analysis of Rittenhouse’s actions and whether they can be considered “reasonable”.
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