MADISON, Wisconsin (AP) – Opening statements were expected Tuesday during the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, which shot dead three men, killing two and injuring the third, during a protest against police brutality in Kenosha, Wis. , Last year. Rittenhouse claimed he shot in self-defense after the men attacked him. Here is an overview of the fees:
FIRST DEGREE UNINTENDED HOMICIDE, USE OF HAZARDOUS WEAPON
This felony charge is linked to the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, the first man to be shot by Rittenhouse. A spectator video shows Rosenbaum chasing Rittenhouse through a parking lot and throwing a plastic bag at him. Rittenhouse runs away behind a car and Rosenbaum follows him. No video of when Rittenhouse pulled the trigger has yet surfaced, if any. Richard McGinnis, a reporter who follows Rittenhouse, told investigators Rosenbaum attempted to seize Rittenhouse’s weapon, according to the criminal complaint.
Reckless homicide differs from intentional homicide in that prosecutors do not allege that Rittenhouse intended to assassinate Rosenbaum. Instead, they allege that Rittenhouse caused Rosenbaum’s death by showing complete disregard for human life.
Former Waukesha County District Attorney Paul Bucher said prosecutors’ decision to indict recklessly instead of intentional homicide shows they don’t know what happened between Rittenhouse and Rosenbaum and what could have been going through Rittenhouse’s mind when he pulled the trigger.
The charge is a felony punishable by up to 60 years in prison. The Dangerous Weapon modifier carries another five years.
FIRST DEGREE HAZARDOUS SAFETY USE OF HAZARDOUS WEAPON
This felony charge is also linked to the Rosenbaum shooting. McGinnis told investigators he was in the crosshairs when Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum. The charge is punishable by 12 and a half years in prison. The weapon modifier wears another five years.
INTENTIONAL HOMICIDE IN THE FIRST DEGREE, USE OF HAZARDOUS WEAPONS
This accusation is linked to the death of Anthony Huber. The video shows Rittenhouse running down the street after shooting Rosenbaum when he runs into the street. Huber jumps on him and throws a skateboard at his head and neck and tries to grab Rittenhouse’s gun before Rittenhouse shoots. The criminal complaint alleges that Rittenhouse pointed the gun at Huber.
Intentional homicide means exactly that – a person killed someone and intended to do so. Bucher said if Rittenhouse pointed the gun at Rosenbaum and pulled the trigger, it would amount to intentional homicide. However, self-defense would outweigh the accusation.
“Why I intended to kill this individual made all the difference,” said Bucher.
The charge carries a mandatory life sentence. The weapon modifier would add up to five years.
INTENTIONAL FIRST-DEGREE ATTEMPT OF HOMICIDE, USE OF HAZARDOUS WEAPON
This is the charge that Rittenhouse shot Gaige Grosskreutz in the arm seconds after shooting Huber, and as Grosskreutz approached him with a pistol. Grosskreutz survived. The video shows Rittenhouse pointing his gun at Grosskreutz and firing a single shot.
The charge carries a maximum penalty of 60 years. The weapon modifier would add up to five more years.
FIRST DEGREE HAZARDOUS SAFETY, USE OF HAZARDOUS WEAPON
The video shows an unknown man jumping on Rittenhouse and trying to kick him before Huber moves his skateboard towards him. Rittenhouse appears to fire the man twice but apparently misses him as the man runs away.
This charge is a felony punishable by 12.5 years in prison. The weapon modifier would again add up to five more years.
POSSESSION OF A DANGEROUS WEAPON BY A PERSON UNDER 18 YEARS OF AGE
Rittenhouse was armed with an AR-type semi-automatic rifle. He was 17 the night of the shooting. Wisconsin law prohibits minors from owning firearms except for hunting.
The indictment is a misdemeanor punishable by up to nine months behind bars.
NON-COMPLIANCE WITH AN EMERGENCY ORDER FROM THE STATE OR LOCAL GOVERNMENT
Kenosha officials imposed a curfew at 8 p.m. on the night of the shooting. Rittenhouse was still on the streets as midnight approached. The offense is punishable by forfeiture of up to $ 200.
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