The jury at the Kyle Rittenhouse murder trial on Tuesday watched drone footage showing Rittenhouse shooting Joseph Rosenbaum at close range during a night of protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last August.
The video, zoomed in and slowed down by a forensic imaging specialist, was replayed as the prosecution finished presenting its case, after a week of testimony in which witnesses appeared to back up Rittenhouse’s self-defense claim.
Rittenhouse is a former police cadet from Antioch, Illinois. On the night in question he traveled to Kenosha with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle and medical kit, in response to a militia calling for corporate protection against protesters supporting the Black Lives Matter movement.
The 18-year-old is accused of two counts of murder, one of attempted murder and two of reckless danger to safety, for having shot his weapon near others. He is also accused of possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor, as he was 17 at the time. He pleaded not guilty.
Drone footage shown in court on Tuesday showed Rosenbaum, 36, following Rittenhouse before Rittenhouse suddenly turned and fired the rifle. Rosenbaum has been shown to fall while Rittenhouse is circling a car.
Dr. Doug Kelley, a forensic pathologist with the Milwaukee County Coroner’s Office, said Rosenbaum was shot by someone within 4 feet. Rosenbaum’s hand, he said, was “in close proximity to or in contact with the end of that rifle.”
Kelley said Rosenbaum was shot four times: in the groin, hand and thigh while facing Rittenhouse and then in the back. Prosecutor James Kraus called it the “killing blow”.
Moments later, Rittenhouse, then 17, killed Anthony Huber, 26, who was seen in the video of a passerby hitting Rittenhouse with a skateboard. Rittenhouse also wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, a protester and a volunteer doctor carrying a gun.
Monday, Grosskreutz said jurors was armed because «he believes[s] in the second amendment “but he didn’t shoot Rittenhouse because” he’s not the kind of person I am … and definitely not someone I want to become. “
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