Tuesday, January 31, 2023

Pathologist: Rittenhouse shoots first man at close range

KENOSHA, Wis. (NWN) — The first man killed by Kyle Rittenhouse on the streets of Kenosha was shot just a few feet away and had soot injuries that could indicate his hand was on the barrel of Rittenhouse’s rifle. was, a pathologist testified on Tuesday.

But it was not clear from the video footage whether Joseph Rosenbaum was holding on to Rittenhouse’s gun or trying to take it away, said witness Dr. Doug Kelly, a forensic pathologist with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.

Kelly was one of the state’s final witnesses before prosecutors put his murder case to rest after 5 1/2 days of testimony, intended to portray Rittenhouse as an aggressive but often self-defense young man. The claim got strength. His lawyers have suggested that he feared his gun would be taken away and used against him.

The defense began to present his side, calling as his first witness of Kenosha, Nicholas Smith, who said he had gone to the protests that night, at the request of the owners of a car dealership, to protect the building.

Smith testified that he saw Rittenhouse shortly after the shooting and described him as “sweating” and “pale.”

“He repeats, ‘I just shot someone,’ and I believe at some point he said he had to shoot someone,” Smith said.

At cross-examination, prosecutor Thomas Binger asked: “Was there ever a time on the night of 25 August … where you felt it necessary to use a gun?” Smith did not answer.

Rittenhouse, now 18, killed two people and injured a third during a night of turbulent demonstrations against racial injustice in Kenosha in the summer of 2020.

The former police youth cadet from Antioch, Illinois, was 17 years old when he went to Kenosha with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle and a medical kit, which he said was a way of protecting property from damaging protests during the shooting. There was effort. Jacob Blake, a black man, by a white Kenosha police officer.

Rittenhouse could face life imprisonment if convicted of the most serious charge against him.

While Rittenhouse is white, as is the case he was shot, the case has sparked racially charged debates over vigilantism, the right to bear arms, and the unrest that sparked the murder of George Floyd and other cops against black people that summer. Violence erupted. .

On Tuesday, the jury looked at drone video that was zoomed-in and slowed down to see Rittenhouse turn around and shoot Rosenbaum at close range.

Kelly said that Rosenbaum was shot four times by someone who was within 4 feet of him. He testified that Rosenbaum was wounded first in the groin and then in the arm and thigh as he confronted Rittenhouse, and was then shot in the head and back.

The pathologist said those last two shots were on the downside. Prosecutors have said this indicates Rosenbaum was falling forward, while defense attorney Mark Richards said Rosenbaum was in the lung.

Kelly said both were possible.

Kelly also said that Rosenbaum’s hand was “in close proximity to or in contact with the end of that rifle.”

Richards pointed to minor injuries from the soot on Rosenbaum’s hand, saying: “So that the hand was on the barrel of Mr Rittenhouse’s gun when his hand was shot.”

“It makes sense,” Kelly said.

The drone footage was by far the clearest video of the shooting, which later triggered a bloodbath: Rittenhouse killed Anthony Huber, a 26-year-old protester seen on video hitting Rittenhouse with a skateboard. Rittenhouse wounded 27-year-old protester and volunteer medic Gage Grosskretz, who had come to Rittenhouse with his own gun.

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Kenosha Detective Ben Antaramian testified that at some point in his investigation, officers learned that someone had recorded drone video. The video was played on Fox News.

Prosecutors said they had received a low-resolution copy earlier in their investigation, but a high-definition one was not given until Friday, Day 5 of the trial.

Last week, witnesses testified that Rosenbaum, 36, had been “over-aggressive” and “acting belligerently” that night and threatened to kill Rittenhouse at one point. A witness said Rosenbaum was shot after chasing Rittenhouse and lunging for the young man’s rifle.

On Monday, Grosskretz testified that he pointed his Glock pistol at Rittenhouse just before he was shot in the arm.

Wisconsin’s self-defense law allows someone to use lethal force only if “necessary to prevent imminent death or major bodily harm.” The jury must decide whether Rittenhouse believed he was in such distress and whether that belief was justified under the circumstances.

On Tuesday, Rittenhouse turned his head and took his eyes off a defense-table monitor as prosecutors displayed medical examiner photos of Huber’s body on a gurney, a gunshot wound clearly visible on his chest. Had been. Rittenhouse took a deep breath as Rosenbaum’s autopsy photos showed his injuries for the jury.

Some jurors also found it difficult to look at the images for long periods of time, with one looking at a monitor over their shoulder, then looking straight ahead.


Bauer reported from Madison, Wisconsin; Forlity from Minneapolis; Weber from Fenton, Michigan. Associated Press writer Michael Tarm contributed from Kenosha.


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