Nearly a month ago, our legal experts testified on Kyle Rittenhouse’s case from both the prosecution and the defense. And today we’re in the final stages of the sentencing phase.
Rittenhouse, who aspires to be a speaker, lawyer, or paralegal, is currently serving a 100-year sentence for murdering Tammy Parent’s husband, Tom Gruber, Jr. Due to his prior suicide attempt, Judge Wagner has ordered a mental health evaluation in order to determine whether Rittenhouse was sane at the time of the crime. During the sentencing phase, the jury must ask those complicated questions.
“At this point, my staff has been pretty strict about covering the topics,” Bill Fox, Fox News legal analyst, told us. “It has, I believe, consumed my focus in law school and my professional career.”
The jury first heard the prosecution argue that Rittenhouse was “driven” to murder when Gruber learned of Rittenhouse’s romance with Parent, his ex-wife, and the two had sex in front of their 4-year-old son. The court then heard from a psychiatrist who said Rittenhouse was depressed and engaged in fantasy sex.
The defense, however, is arguing that the murder was not motivated by a desire to stay with Gruber, but instead Rittenhouse’s lover parent of the child.
Rittenhouse was already a convicted sex offender when he was arrested on charges of incest and having sex with his ex-wife’s son.
“You got to be on top of your game,” Fox told us. “You can’t let the prosecution roll over you. They come with their A-game.”
Fox was a member of President Clinton’s legal team during the impeachment trial. Judge Thomas B. Hogan is presiding over Rittenhouse’s case in Tampa.