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Defense rests; closing arguments Monday

KENOSHA, Wis. – A day after emotional testimony and a call for a mistrial in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial, his defense attorneys rested Thursday after building their self-defense case by calling a use-of-force expert, media commentator and police officer to the stand.

Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed the jury until Monday, when closing arguments are expected to be held.

Rittenhouse, 18, is charged with killing two men and injuring a third during chaotic protests in this city south of Milwaukee after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black man, in August 2020.

The judge said Thursday both sides would have a total of two hours and 30 minutes to make their closing arguments on Monday and warned that if either attorney went over “I may tell you to just sit down in the middle of your sentence.”

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