Closing Arguments Begin in Kyle Rittenhouse Trial

Kyle Rittenhouse waits for his trial to begin for the day at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year. (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News via AP, Pool)

(CNN) – Kyle Rittenhouse, the armed Illinois teenager who killed two people and wounded another during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer, is on trial on homicide charges.

Rittenhouse, now 18, is charged with five felonies. Both sides have rested their case and closing arguments are underway.

The case stems from Rittenhouse’s actions in the wake of protests related to the police shooting of Jacob Blake in August 2020. It’s a case that will test the distinction between self-defense and vigilante killings.

Closing arguments will be given for up to five hours and the jury of eight men and 10 women will be narrowed to 12 by a drawing of names, according to Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder.

Schroeder explained if the prosecution is not able to establish Rittenhouse’s guilt on the charged offense beyond a reasonable doubt, then the jury must acquit him.

As the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial nears end and the National Guard is put on standby in anticipation of protests, the Morning Show with Nikki Medoro asks if protests, by nature, have to be violent. Is inviting the National Guard a solicitation for trouble?

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