Opening statements to begin in case

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Opening statements to begin in case

Opening statements are set to begin Tuesday in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who fatally shot two men and injured a third during protests against police brutality in Wisconsin last year.

Rittenhouse, 18, faces seven charges, including homicide for fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and attempted homicide for wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, 27.

A jury of 20 people — 11 women and nine men — was seated Monday.

Rittenhouse, who was armed with an AR-15-style rifle, opened fire on the three men during unrest in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020, following the police shooting a few days earlier of Jacob Blake, a black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down.

Prosecutors will seek to prove that Rittenhouse, an aspiring police officer, traveled to Kenosha from his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, seeking conflict.

Kyle Rittenhouse arrives for the jury selection and opening arguments on November 2, 2021.
Kyle Rittenhouse arrives for jury selection and opening arguments on November 2, 2021.
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Kyle Rittenhouse walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha with an AR15. Rittenhouse later shot three men and killed two.
Kyle Rittenhouse walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha with an AR-15. Rittenhouse later shot three men and killed two.
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The defense is expected to argue that Rittenhouse fired in self-defense after the men attacked him.

Judge Bruce Schroeder said the televised trial is expected to last just over two weeks.

Schroeder repeatedly stressed on Monday that jurors must reach a verdict solely on what they hear in the courtroom, cautioning, “This is not a political trial.”

Kyle Rittenhouse arrives at court for the start of jury selection on the first day of trial.
Kyle Rittenhouse arrives at court for the start of jury selection on the first day of trial.
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“It was mentioned by both political campaigns and the presidential campaign last year, in some instances very, very imprudently,” he said.

He told the jurors that inaccurate information has been shared by people who “don’t know what you’re going to know.”

“Those of you who are selected for this jury, who are going to hear for yourselves the real evidence in this case,” he said.

Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder will preside over the trial and had to remind the jury that it was not a political trial and the verdict must be based on evidence presented.
Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder will preside over the trial and had to remind the jury that it was not a political trial and the verdict must be based on evidence presented.
Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool

If convicted of the top charge of intentional homicide, Rittenhouse faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

With Post wires

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