Kyle Rittenhouse trial

By Maureen Chowdhury, Meg Wagner and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 6:57 PM ET, Thu November 11, 2021
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6:29 p.m. ET, November 11, 2021

Here's what happened today in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial

With the jury out of the room, Assistant District Attorney James Kraus, right, Judge Bruce E. Schroeder, center, and defense attorney Corey Chirafisi, rear left, look over a video monitor to examine photographic evidence during a dispute over the reliability of enlarged digital images during Kyle Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha last year.  (Mark Hertzberg/Pool Photo via AP)
With the jury out of the room, Assistant District Attorney James Kraus, right, Judge Bruce E. Schroeder, center, and defense attorney Corey Chirafisi, rear left, look over a video monitor to examine photographic evidence during a dispute over the reliability of enlarged digital images during Kyle Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Thursday, Nov. 11, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha last year.  (Mark Hertzberg/Pool Photo via AP) (Mark Hertzberg/Pool/AP)

The defense rested its case Thursday in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager who faces charges that he killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz using an AR-15-style rifle during protests last summer following the police shooting of Jacob Blake. 

The scene in court Thursday was tamer compared to yesterday.

Judge Bruce Schroeder asked the jury twice on Wednesday to leave the room before sharply admonishing prosecutor Thomas Binger for his line of questioning.

The first incident related to questions about Rittenhouse's post-arrest silence, and the second was about an incident two weeks before the shootings that the judge said would not be permitted into evidence.

Here's what happened in court Thursday:

  • Defense calls witnesses: First on the stand first on the eighth day of testimony was use-of-force expert John Black, who testified that less than three seconds passed between the time a protester fired a shot and Rittenhouse opened fire with his rifle in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last year. Brittni Bray, a Kenosha police officer, testified about collecting shell casings the night of the deadly shooting.
  • Videographer takes the stand: Drew Hernandez, who shot video of the protests, testified that Rittenhouse tried to deescalate tensions at times the night of the shooting. He told the jury the first person to be shot was acting "physically aggressive" even before his encounter with Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse testified most of the day Wednesday and said that he acted in self-defense when he used an AR-15-style rifle to fatally shoot a man who had threatened him, threw a plastic bag at him and chased him. "I didn't do anything wrong. I defended myself," he testified.
  • Revisiting Wednesday's heated exchanges: Yesterday’s heated exchange between Schroeder and Binger came up Thursday with the prosecutor saying, “yesterday, as I said, I was under the court’s ire” and Schroeder cutting him off saying, “you know, I don’t want to talk about” it. “I think it's a fundamental fairness issue, your honor, if I'm being held to obey the court's orders, I'm asking that the defense be held to that too,” Binger persisted. “I was talking yesterday about the Constitution of the United States and how the Supreme Court has interpreted it for 50 years. That’s not what we are talking about here today,” the judge replied.
  • Closing arguments: The defense rested their case earlier Thursday afternoon. During eight days of testimony in the trial, jurors heard from 31 different witnesses. Schroeder told jurors that closing arguments and jury instructions in the trial are expected Monday. Each side will have 2.5 hours total for their closing arguments.
5:33 p.m. ET, November 11, 2021

Testimony concludes in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, closing arguments set for Monday

From CNN's Brad Parks

Kyle Rittenhouse and his attorney Corey Chirafisi listen during his trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday.
Kyle Rittenhouse and his attorney Corey Chirafisi listen during his trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday. (Sean Krajacic/The Kenosha News/Pool/AP)

Testimony concluded on Thursday in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse after prosecutors called only one rebuttal witnesses.

The defense rested their case earlier Thursday afternoon.

During eight days of testimony in the trial, jurors heard from 31 different witnesses.

Judge Bruce Schroeder told jurors that closing arguments and jury instructions in the trial are expected Monday. Each side will have 2.5 hours total for their closing arguments.

Prosecutors told the judge on Thursday afternoon that they do intend to ask for "lesser included" charges to be submitted to the jury, but that decision had not been finalized.

Some context: Rittenhouse faces charges that he killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz using an AR-15-style rifle during protests on August 25, 2020, that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake. 

Rittenhouse took the stand on Wednesday and testified before the jury that he acted in self-defense. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. If he is convicted of the most serious charge against him, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

4:51 p.m. ET, November 11, 2021

Defense rests in trial of Kyle Rittenhouse

Kyle Rittenhouse, left, and defense attorney Corey Chirafisi confer during Rittenhouse's trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday.
Kyle Rittenhouse, left, and defense attorney Corey Chirafisi confer during Rittenhouse's trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Thursday. (Mark Hertzberg/Pool/AP)

The defense rested on Thursday in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse faces charges that he killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz using an AR-15-style rifle during protests on Aug. 25, 2020, that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake. 

Rittenhouse took the stand on Wednesday and testified before the jury that he acted in self-defense. He has pleaded not guilty to all charges. If he is convicted of the most serious charge against him, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

Defense attorneys called 10 witnesses to testify.

2:29 p.m. ET, November 11, 2021

Court is back in session

Court is back in session and Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger is questioning Drew Hernandez, who shot video of the protests.

Hernandez has testified that Kyle Rittenhouse tried to deescalate tensions at times on the night of the shooting. He told the jury the first person to be shot was acting "physically aggressive," even before his encounter with Rittenhouse.

1:26 p.m. ET, November 11, 2021

The court is taking a lunch break

Court is in recess for lunch in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse. The trial is set to resume around 2 p.m. ET.

The defense team has been calling witnesses today. So far, they called use-of-force expert John Black, Brittni Bray with the Kenosha police and Drew Hernandez.

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. Yesterday, he testified in his own defense.

Ahead of today's testimony, Judge Bruce Schroeder told the court it would be "ideal" if the trial finished tomorrow, but added, "we'll see what happens." Yesterday at the end of court, he told the jury he expected to finish the case by early next week. 

5:47 p.m. ET, November 11, 2021

Rittenhouse judge asks prosecutor about his expression as they discuss Wednesday's heated exchange 

From CNN’s Carma Hassan

Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger, sitting left, speaks to Judge Bruce Schroeder.
Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger, sitting left, speaks to Judge Bruce Schroeder. (Pool)

Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder asked the jury to leave the room while he and the attorneys talked over the prosecution’s objection to specific portions of video analysis from John Black, the defense's witness, on Thursday, saying it was outside the court’s order.

“It certainly was my impression that we were talking about video of the entire episode and ... certainly in my mind is not limited to the specific numbers on this observation point list that you're talking about,” Schroeder said to Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger.

“I am a little bit challenged when you say — is there something that I'm saying that draws the face that you're making?”

“I have to say, your honor, yesterday, I was the target of your ire for disregarding your orders. Today the defense is disregarding your order,” Binger replied.

Yesterday’s heated exchange between the judge and Binger came up again a few minutes later with the prosecutor saying, “yesterday, as I said, I was under the court’s ire” and Schroeder cutting him off saying, “you know, I don’t want to talk about” it. 

“I think it's a fundamental fairness issue, your honor, if I'm being held to obey the court's orders, I'm asking that the defense be held to that too,” Binger persisted.

“I was talking yesterday about the Constitution of the United States and how the Supreme Court has interpreted it for 50 years. That’s not what we are talking about here today,” the judge replied.

Court resumed after the discussion and the video will be shown in court.

10:37 a.m. ET, November 11, 2021

Defense team calls use-of-force expert to testify

(Pool)
(Pool)

Kyle Rittenhouse's defense team just called Dr. John Black to testify. Black is a use-of-force expert.

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. Yesterday, he testified in his own defense.

10:26 a.m. ET, November 11, 2021

Judge says it would be "ideal" if trial finished tomorrow

(Pool)
(Pool)

Ahead of today's testimony in the Kyle Rittenhouse case, Judge Bruce Schroeder told the court this morning it would be "ideal" if the trial finished tomorrow, but added, "we'll see what happens." 

Yesterday at the end of court, he told the jury he expected to finish the case by early next week. 

Rittenhouse's defense team is continuing to call witnesses today. Testimony is expected to begin soon.

10:07 a.m. ET, November 11, 2021

Testimony resumes in Kyle Rittenhouse trial

The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse resumed Thursday morning in Wisconsin.

Rittenhouse, now 18, is charged with five felonies in connection with a deadly shooting last summer during unrest in Kenosha. Yesterday, he testified in his own defense.

The defense will continue to call witnesses today.