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- Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, faces life in prison as a jury deliberates his five charges.
- Rittenhouse shot and killed two men and injured one during protests in Kenosha, Wis., last year.
- The defense has claimed prosecutors overreached and acted in bad faith.
Kyle Rittenhouse’s defense team is accusing prosecutors of withholding high-quality drone footage of the streets of Wisconsin from last summer that was critical to its case.
Jury deliberations continued on Wednesday over Rittenhouse’s fate, who faces first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and two counts of reckless endangerment. The charges stem from the aftermath of protests in Kenosha, Wis., last year where Rittenhouse, 18, shot and killed two men and injured another with an AR-style semi-automatic weapon.
The trial has been bumpy for both the defense and prosecutors. Rittenhouse’s defense team planned to ask for a mistrial, accusing the district attorney of, “prosecutorial overreaching,” and acting in, “bad faith,” according to NBC News.
The defense also accused prosecutors of improper questioning and for withholding higher-quality drone footage from the fatal night of Aug. 25, 2020. They claim that prosecutors provided them with lower-quality video footage, a 3.6MB file, less than a third of the higher resolution file they actually had, according to The New York Post.
The higher-quality drone footage was shared on Saturday after the prosecution’s testimony had concluded.
According to the Post, the defense’s motion stated, “The video footage has been at the center of this case,” calling it the, “linchpin in their case.”
The motion went on to say that, “the failure to provide the same quality footage in this particular case is intentional and clearly prejudices the defendant.”
However, Kenosha County Circuit Court judge Bruce Schroeder told the court that he had not had a chance to read the defense’s motion for mistrial, according to CNN.
The jury continues to deliberate on the case, and Rittenhouse could face life in prison if convicted.
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