With closing arguments scheduled for Monday in the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial, nearly 500 National Guard troops are now on standby in Farmington, N.M., preparing to serve as prosecutors and defense attorneys argue their case.
The troops were called into action following the May 3 discovery of Rittenhouse’s shackled body in a shallow grave in the desert, a 300-foot drop below the sand, New Mexico State Police Capt. William Clark said.
The fighter pilots from the 111th Fighter Wing were deployed to a remote site in northern New Mexico for safety reasons following the May 31 discovery of Rittenhouse’s decomposing body, he said.
Clark said he could not release any further details of the fighter pilot’s arrival or his schedule.
Kyle Rittenhouse trial: National Guard troops bring attorney to trial Rittenhouse, 26, is charged with killing his father before dumping his body in a New Mexico desert.
In addition to the National Guard troops, 12 state and local police officers are also taking part in the legal proceedings, Clark said. New Mexico State Police are coordinating the Team New Mexico Mobile Command Center that consists of State Troopers and New Mexico State Highway Patrol troopers.
Prosecutors could present their case to the jury Monday morning and defense attorneys may have a chance to make their case during that time.
Prosecutors allege Rittenhouse shot his father, Ed, in the head, put his body in a duffel bag and shot it twice in the head with a .22-caliber revolver. The 42-year-old father’s body was then buried in a shallow grave in a remote New Mexico desert.
Prosecutors also say that Rittenhouse took his parents’ SUV and drove to Las Vegas, Nevada, where he made internet ads to sell the vehicle, and to the Las Vegas Motor Speedway.
Kyle Rittenhouse’s father is alleged to have been murdered and his body then buried in a shallow grave in the desert. (Lawrence Barr/Las Vegas News Journal via AP)
After the first state police investigator spent the night at the remote site, he returned with forensic experts and cadaver dogs to retrieve the body. They found Rittenhouse’s body on May 31.
A forensic analysis showed that he had been shot once in the head and twice in the head with a .22-caliber handgun.