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Kyle Rittenhouse's mother argues that her son would have been murdered during riots if he hadn't been armed

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Wendy Rittenhouse says that her son, 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, would be dead if he hadn't defended himself during 2020's violent unrest on the city streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, NBC News reported.

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Wendy told "Nightly News" Sunday night that her son would have been murdered if he weren't carrying his rifle on the fateful night he said he was attacked.

"A lot of people shouldn't have been there," Wendy insisted of the riots. "He brung that gun for protection, and to this day, if he didn't have that gun, my son would've been dead."

Kyle is currently on trial for murder in the shooting deaths of two protesters. He has insisted that he used his Smith & Wesson M&P 15 in self-defense while being attacked during the Jacob Blake protests and has pleaded not guilty to all counts.

A third protester was wounded in the fracas.

Kyle faces charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.

Wendy added that she is proud of her son for taking the stand to issue tearful testimony to profess his innocence.

"I'm scared. Fear. Overwhelm. I was a nervous wreck, my stomach was in knots. Kyle did a good job. When he broke down, I broke down," she admitted. "The whole family broke down when he was breaking down. And I was just so scared for him and knowing, knowing that he's telling the truth, that's what he wanted to do, and I stood by him, and I will always stay by him."

During his testimony, Kyle said, "I didn't intend to kill them. I intended to stop the people who were attacking me."

Lawyers on both sides are set to deliver their closing arguments Monday.

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