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Six key moments that shaped Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial

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KENOSHA, Wisconsin – Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial lasted two weeks, with dozens of witnesses, photographic evidence and video clips, as well as testimony from Mr Rittenhouse himself, who is charged with intentional and reckless homicide and other fatal crimes. shoot two men and injure a third.

The jury in the Kenosha, Wisconsin courtroom watched intently and jotted down notes throughout the opening statements and eight days of testimony. Final arguments are expected from both sides on Monday.

Here are six key points from the essay:

Mr Rittenhouse testified in his own defense, offering his first detailed public account of the shooting. He answered lawyers’ questions for several hours, appearing for the most part calm but sometimes bursting into tears as his mother, Wendy, sobbed from the courtroom gallery.

He insisted he was invited to visit downtown Kenosha in August 2020 by the owner of Car Source, a company that suffered damage and arson during protests following the police shootout of a Kenosha resident. Mr Rittenhouse told the jury he feared for his life and acted in self-defense when he shot three people. In cross-examination, Mr Rittenhouse was pressed on the risk Joseph Rosenbaum, who did not have a weapon, posed when Mr Rittenhouse shot and killed him.

“If I had let Mr. Rosenbaum take my gun from me, he would have used it and killed me along with and probably killed more people,” Mr. Rittenhouse said.

Judge Bruce Schroeder has a reputation for being tough on sentencing but above all for being heard with regard to the rights of the accused during the trial. This was especially noticeable during the Rittenhouse trial, when Judge Schroeder berated a prosecutor, Thomas Binger, for what the judge perceived to be violations of his orders.

“You’re an experienced prosecutor and you tell me that when the judge says, ‘I’m ruling this out,’ you just take it upon yourself to put it on because you think you’ve found a way around it? Come on, ”Judge Schroeder said.

Jason Lackowski, a former Marine who was among those armed who arrived in Kenosha after seeing reports of destruction during two nights of civil unrest, testified as a prosecution witness, appearing to undermine Mr. Rittenhouse that Mr. Rosenbaum posed a deadly threat. . Mr Lackowski told the court that Mr Rosenbaum made fun of him and a group of armed people like him who said they decided to come to the area because they wanted to defend local businesses.

“After he did it a few times, I turned my back on him and ignored him,” said Mr. Lackowski, who called Mr. Rosenbaum a “talkative idiot”.

Richie McGinniss, videographer for The Daily Caller, a Conservative website, was perhaps the closest witness to Mr. Rosenbaum’s shooting to testify at trial. Mr. McGinniss was following Mr. Rittenhouse and Mr. Rosenbaum when their chase began, and he was only a few steps away when Mr. Rittenhouse fired his gun.

Mr. McGinniss is both a prosecution witness and a named victim. One of the charges against Mr Rittenhouse accuses him of recklessly endangering the safety of Mr McGinniss, who testified that he quickly checked to see if he had also been shot.

But he also provided testimony that harmed the prosecution case, claiming that Mr. Rosenbaum first rushed at Mr. Rittenhouse and grabbed the barrel of the gun.

When the two were in the back of an SUV together, while Mr. Rosenbaum was dying, Mr. McGinniss tried to reassure him, he testified.

“I was just telling him that we were going to have a beer together afterwards, and that we would be fine,” said a shaken Mr McGinniss.

Gaige Grosskreutz, the sole survivor of the Kenosha shooting, was a crucial witness for the prosecution, testifying that he feared for his life when he met Mr Rittenhouse. Mr Grosskreutz, a 28-year-old doctor, was shot in the arm by Mr Rittenhouse after following him down the street as he fled. Mr Grosskreutz testified that he ran in the direction of the shots, intending to treat anyone who was injured in the shooting.

Mr Grosskreutz, who was carrying a pistol, and Mr Rittenhouse clashed in the street just after Mr Rittenhouse shot dead Mr Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber.

“What was going through your mind at this precise moment?” Mr. Binger, the prosecutor, asked the court.

“That I was going to die,” Mr. Grosskreutz said.

When questioned by the defense, Mr Grosskreutz admitted that Mr Rittenhouse fired after Mr Grosskreutz approached him, several meters from him, with Mr Grosskreutz’s gun pointed in Mr Rittenhouse’s direction.

Kenosha Police Officer Pep Moretti spoke publicly for the first time about his role in the case and the police response on the night of the shooting. His testimony suggested he was responsible, in part, for not arresting Mr Rittenhouse immediately after the shooting in the chaotic city streets. After Mr Rittenhouse shot dead three people, he approached Constable Moretti’s police car with his hands up in surrender, but the police ordered him to move away and walked away. rushed to the streets to help the victims and look for an active shooter.

Constable Moretti testified that he did not interpret Mr. Rittenhouse’s actions as an attempt to surrender. He said that throughout the days of protests and riots, many people in the crowd carried guns and other weapons – and it was not uncommon for someone to approach the officers during troubles hands up.

“There were probably more people with guns than not throughout the civil unrest,” he said.

“So seeing someone with an AR-15 wouldn’t necessarily mean much to you at this point?” Asked James Kraus, a prosecutor.

“At that time that night, no,” Constable Moretti said.

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