Kyle Rittenhouse is reportedly facing five charges in relation to the August 2020 shooting that occurred in Kenosha. During Monday, November 15 trial, his defense attorney Mark Richards said Kyle “acted in self-defense.”

Kyle, who was 17 at the time, shot two men to death and wounded one during the demonstrations following Jacob Blake shooting.

After the closing arguments, Kyle’s case is now headed to the jury.

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Meet Mark Richards

Mark Richards is a defense attorney representing Kyle. As per Racine Defense’s official website, Mark has been working as a criminal defense attorney since 1987.

It states, “Attorney Richards’ focuses his practice as a homicide attorney, a drug charge lawyer, a sexual assault attorney, a burglary and theft attorney, a domestic violence attorney, and a white-collar crime attorney.”

Mark’s profile on the website note that he has “tried over 100 jury trial” in the course of his career ranging from small to big cases. He also believes “no case is too big or too small”.

Mark studied at the University of Wisconsin Law School. He was a sole practitioner from 1990 to 1994. He’s currently associated with Richards & Dimmer, S.C as a partner.

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What did the attorney say in his closing argument?

During his closing argument, Mark reportedly said that his client was being charged “prematurely” in a “rush to judgment.”

He argued Kyle acted in self-defense as he said, “This case is not a game. It is my client’s life. You don’t play fast and loose with the facts.”

According to AP News, Mark concluded his argument by saying, “Ladies and gentlemen, this is a political case but the district attorney’s office is marching forward with this case because they need somebody to be responsible.”

“They need somebody to say, he did it, he’s the person who brought terror to Kenosha. Kyle Rittenhouse is not that individual,” he added further.

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Jury to deliberate teen’s case

NBC report suggests that a jury has been sent to deliberate Kyle’s case.

This means they will follow a process to weigh all the options before casting their vote to decide if the person in question is guilty or not.

The jury deliberation will begin Tuesday, November 16 morning.  Judge Bruce Schroeder will reportedly reduce the number of jurors from 18 to 12.

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