Kyle Rittenhouse's mom Wendy says he 'would've been dead' without gun to PROTECT him

'He brought that gun for protection and to this day if he didn't have the gun, my son would've been dead,' Wendy Rittenhouse said


                            Kyle Rittenhouse's mom Wendy says he 'would've been dead' without gun to PROTECT him
Kyle Rittenhouse's mother Wendy says the weapon he carried at the Kenosha riots saved him from being murdered (Sean Krajacic-Pool/Getty Images)
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The Kyle Rittenhouse trial goes to the jury on November 16, a day after both sides presented their closing arguments in court. The troubled teenager's mother spoke to NBC News on the weekend and shared what she experienced throughout the trial. The 18-year-old broke down while on the stand and his mother Wendy mirrored his sentiments in the courtroom. She told NBC her son did great during the trial and also appeared to defend him for carrying the AR-15-style automatic rifle to the riots. 

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Speaking of the trial, a Wisconsin jury will begin deliberations in the case on November 16. The Kenosha County Circuit jury retired for the night on Monday, Nov 16, after spending hours in court hearing the closing arguments of both sides in the homicide trial. They've also received more than 30 pages of instructions from Judge Bruce Schroeder who told the 18-member jury who heard the evidence in the case that 12 out of them would be selected at random to decide the verdict. Rittenhouse, then-17 was armed with a firearm loaded with a 30-round ammunition clip with which he shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and left Gaige Grosskreutz seriously injured on August 25, 2020, at the Kenosha protests. 

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'He brought that gun for protection': Wendy Rittenhouse 

Speaking to the outlet ahead of closing arguments, Wendy told them how she felt the whole duration of the trial. "I am scared. Fear. Overwhelm. I was a nervous wreck, my stomach was in knots," she said. Wendy said it became difficult to watch her son break down in court and also revealed he was being treated for PTSD. "Kyle did a good job. When he broke down, I broke down." Speaking on Kyle's presence in Kenosha with a firearm during the riots she said, "A lot of people shouldn't have been there and he brought that gun for protection and to this day and to this day if he didn't have that gun my son would have been dead."

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Currently, Rittenhouse is facing intentional reckless and attempted homicide charges as well as charges for reckless endangerment after killing two and injuring one following protests in Kenosha after the police shooting of Jacob Blake. Schroeder dismissed a count of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 in this case. The ruling came before the attorneys delivered the closing arguments in court. The intentional and reckless homicide charge carries a life sentence, if convicted. 

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