Kyle Rittenhouse cries on witness stand, says he shot men after attacks
Kyle Rittenhouse told Wisconsin jurors on Wednesday that he had no choice but to shoot two men and seriously injured a third, saying he was stopping “the person who was attacking me.”
In his testimony in his defence, Rittenhouse said he was protecting Kenosha’s private property and providing first aid on August 25, 2020, when his fatal encounters with Anthony Hopper, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, unfolded.
Rittenhouse, who is facing two counts of murder, described Rosenbaum as “the one who attacked me first and threatened to kill me twice.”
He added that Rosenbaum used the f-word several times in his verbal encounter.
Rittenhouse quotes the victim as saying, “Shout out, if I catch any of you alone, I will kill you.” To cut your own hearts. ”
As defense attorney Mark Richards directed him to describe the moments immediately before Rosenbaum’s shooting, Rittenhouse began crying uncontrollably, prompting Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder to call for a break.
Rittenhouse went on to explain that Hopper attacked him with a skateboard and pulled his gun away, causing him to pull the trigger.
“Mr. Hopper ran, while I was getting up, hitting me in the neck with his skateboard again,” said Rittenhouse.
“He grabs my rifle and I feel it pull away from me and I can feel the straps coming off my body. He fires a single shot.”
Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger challenged Rittenhouse’s right to kill the two victims that night. He repeatedly asked him if he intended to kill anyone.
I didn’t intend to kill them. “I intended to stop the people who were attacking me,” Rittenhouse said. “I did what I had to do to stop the person who was attacking me.”
Far from attending the jury, Schroeder reprimanded Binger twice for the prosecution’s questioning of Rittenhouse.
In one line of questions, Binger noted that Rittenhouse had designed his testimony based on the evidence he had heard at trial.
Schroeder reprimanded Binger for a “serious constitutional violation” of questioning Rittenhouse’s right to remain silent.
“You’re right on the border, and you may be done, but you’d better stop!” Schroeder told the attorney general.
Before he could begin to testify, Schroeder asked the 18-year-old defendant a series of questions and reminded him of his constitutional right not to testify.
Rittenhouse answered in the affirmative, saying he understood the risks of taking the situation in his own defense.
The defendant said he is currently studying nursing at Arizona State University.
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