A teenager stands trial for the murder of Kenosha
Kenosha, Wes – Kyle Rittenhouse Wednesday testified that a man had been charged with murder He threatened to kill him on a night of violent protests in Kenosha last year after Jacob Blake was shot by police.
Rittenhouse, 18, broke down when describing the August 25, 2020 events that killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and accused Rittenhouse of killing Anthony Hopper, 26, and wounding 27-year-old Gigi Grosskreutz.
The Illinois teen was calm to begin his testimony, but he started crying before the judge asked for a morning break in the trial.
Rittenhouse’s lawyers claimed that his actions were in self-defense because he feared for his life that evening. He faces charges of premeditated murder, recklessness and attempted murder and could be imprisoned for life if convicted.
Rittenhouse said Rosenbaum yelled, “If I catch any of you (expletive) alone I’ll kill you (expletive)!” Then he later said, “I’ll cut your hearts out (expletive)!”
During the first five days of testimony, mobile videos and testimony from various participants did little to undermine the defense’s assertion, Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. However, a new drone video and the coroner’s explanation of gunshot injuries on Tuesday may have prompted prosecutors into their first murder.
Contributing: The Associated Press.