Nov 15, 2021 - Politics & Policy
Judge dismisses misdemeanor weapons charge against Kyle Rittenhouse
The judge presiding over the homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse on Monday dismissed the charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor, ahead of the trial's closing arguments.
Driving the news: Rittenhouse was initially facing six charges — including first-degree intentional homicide — for allegedly shooting two men and injuring another during protests following the police shooting of Jacob Blake last year.
- The misdemeanor weapons charge that was dismissed was seen as the most likely to achieve a conviction for prosecutors, according to AP. It carried a potential nine-month prison sentence.
- The charge was thrown out over a technicality as to whether the length of the rifle Rittenhouse carried violated Wisconsin law.
What's next: The two sides are expected to deliver closing arguments after the dismissal.