Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial was adjourned due to a weapons charge.


In the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, a weapons charge was dismissed.


(AP) — A count of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18 was dismissed by the judge in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial on Monday, a misdemeanor that had appeared to be one of the most likely charges to result in a conviction for prosecutors.

The judge then proceeded to give the jury 36 pages of legal instructions, outlining the charges and the laws of self-defense.

Following that, both sides were expected to deliver closing arguments, with the jury’s final word coming before they began deliberations.

Rittenhouse, 18, killed two men and injured a third during a tumultuous protest against racial injustice in the summer of 2020, in a case that has sparked fierce debate in the United States. Supporters have hailed him as a hero who stood up to lawlessness, while opponents have labeled him a vigilante.

If convicted of the most serious charge, first-degree intentional homicide, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

The charge of possessing a weapon while under the age of 18 was punishable by up to nine months in prison.

Rittenhouse was 17 years old when he carried and used an AR-style semi-automatic rifle on the streets of Kenosha.

The defense, on the other hand, argued that Wisconsin law makes an exception for the length of a weapon’s barrel.

Prosecutors claimed that the defense was misinterpreting the law.

Judge Bruce Schroeder had previously sided with the prosecutors in refusing to dismiss the charge, but he also noted that the law was unclearly written.

The charge was dismissed by the judge after prosecutors admitted that Rittenhouse’s rifle was not short-barreled.

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Closing arguments drew a larger crowd than usual outside Courtroom 209 in the morning.

Wendy Rittenhouse, Rittenhouse’s mother, sat in court and listened intently during the jury instructions.

On August 1, Rittenhouse drove the few miles from his home to Kenosha.

On April 25, 2020, the city was engulfed in violent protests following the shooting and wounding of a Black man by a white police officer.

Rittenhouse stated that he had left…

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