Jury reaches verdict in Kyle Rittenhouse trial
KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) -- After more than 27 hours of deliberations, a verdict has been reached in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse Friday, Nov. 19. Rittenhouse was found not guilty of all charges.
He was charged with reckless homicide, two counts of recklessly endangering safety, and two counts of intentional homicide.
Drone video took center stage late in the trial. It shows the shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum in its entirety.
The state received the drone video at the end of week one of the trial and they essentially shifted their strategy and this became the core argument.
The person who shot the video walked in to the prosecutor's office after the state already started presenting its case.
Prosecutors argue it shows Kyle Rittenhouse provoking the situation by pointing his gun and eliminating any claims he has to self-defense.
During closing arguments, prosecutor Thomas Binger tried to hammer home that argument to the jury.
But the defense says that's not what the video shows and argues if the state thinks Rittenhouse pointed a gun at the man in the video -- Joshua Ziminski -- then why didn't that person testify?
Attorney Mark Richards told the jury the idea of provocation is just a desperate attempt by the state.
The drone video was vital during trial and clearly important during deliberations. The jury asked to see that video again and several slow motion versions and clips of it.
They spent 46 minutes in the courtroom watching it on TV screens.
Meanwhile, there are also two motions for a mistrial pending and one of them is "with prejudice" meaning Rittenhouse could not be re-tried.
The motion for a mistrial with prejudice was filed more than a week ago, in the middle of Rittenhouse's testimony.
It started during the state's cross examination of Rittenhouse. Prosecutor Thomas Binger questioned why he'd never spoken about what happened before.
The defense argued, and the judge agreed, that violated Rittenhouse's constitutional right to remain silent.
A short time later, Binger tried to bring up a video, taken a couple weeks before the shooting, of Rittenhouse talking to some friends about wishing he had his AR when he saw what he thought were shoplifters.
Before trial the judge ruled the video was inadmissible.
The judge admonished Binger for both of these missteps.
The judge did not rule on this motion yet and can do so even after verdicts are reached.