Kyle Rittenhouse repeatedly yawns during homicide trial

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Kyle Rittenhouse repeatedly yawns during homicide trial

Kyle Rittenhouse struggled to stay focused and yawned throughout his homicide trial Tuesday in Wisconsin that will decide whether he spends his life behind bars for a triple shooting.

Rittenhouse, 18, let out several yawns as lawyers from both sides prepared to give opening statements in a Kenosha court about him fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during last year’s protests over police brutality.

He yawned often during the proceedings, including when he stood for jurors to enter the courtroom and when his own lawyer began his opening remarks.

The day earlier during jury selection, the teen also couldn’t help himself from yawning.

Rittenhouse, who is an aspiring police officer, is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, as well as wounding  Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, on Aug. 25, 2020.

Kyle Rittenhouse was caught yawning during the opening arguments of his trial where he is charged with killing two people and the attempted murder of another.
Kyle Rittenhouse was caught yawning during the opening arguments of his trial where he is charged with killing two people and the attempted murder of another.
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Kyle Rittenhouse also struggled to stay focused and yawned throughout Jury selection on  November 1, 2021.
Kyle Rittenhouse also struggled to stay focused and yawned throughout Jury selection on November 1, 2021.
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If found guilty, Kyle Rittenhouse could face up to life in prison for the triple shootings.
If found guilty, Kyle Rittenhouse could face up to life in prison for the triple shootings.
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Kyle Rittenhouse and his lawyer converse before opening arguments of his trial begin on November 2, 2021.
Kyle Rittenhouse and his lawyer converse before opening arguments of his trial begin on November 2, 2021.
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The shootings coincided with the unrest in the city following the police shooting a few days earlier of Jacob Blake, a black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down.

Prosecutors have argued that Rittenhouse was a vigilante who traveled to Kenosha seeking conflict, while the defense has claimed that he acted out of self-defense.

He faces two homicide counts and one of attempted homicide, along with charges of reckless endangering and illegal possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.

Prosecutors have argued that Kyle Rittenhouse was a vigilante and was at the protests to start trouble.
Prosecutors have argued that Kyle Rittenhouse was a vigilante and was at the protests to start trouble.
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If convicted of the top charge of intentional homicide, he faces life in prison.

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