Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial is expected to continue on Thursday after prosecutors presented one of the key pieces of evidence the day before.
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On Wednesday, prosecutors showed jurors a video of repeated gunfire in the streets as they recounted the night that Rittenhouse shot three people, two fatalities, during a violent demonstration against police brutality.
In one of the videos, which was broadcast live that evening by Coerry Washington, a social media influencer from Kenosha, Rittenhouse can be seen running through a shot of a fire extinguisher.
Washington said it was keeping an eye on Rittenhouse after spotting him earlier this evening.
“He just seemed young to me,” Washington said. “And he was wearing these gloves, and he was smoking cigarettes and everything. … He seemed like an interesting figure, so I just noticed it. It was nothing, I would not say evil, just a young man in a situation. “
Shortly after Rittenhouse was seen, the video recorded the sound of one shot, which authorities said was fired into the air by someone from the crowd. The defense said the shot made Rittenhouse think he was being attacked.
This was followed by four quick shots, which prosecutor Thomas Binger said was due to Rittenhouse shooting Joseph Rosenbaum, the first person killed that night. After a short pause, three more shots can be heard; prosecutors said it was unclear who fired them.
Washington, who rode a skateboard, said that when he heard the gunshots, he “fled to safety.”
Many jurors seemed to take detailed notes when testimony reached the level of violence at Kenosha’s protests, which included protesters throwing incendiary bombs and stones on the night of the shooting.
Many jurors seemed particularly attentive when, during cross-examination, the lawyer watched videos of dozens of cars in a used car park burning the day before the shooting. Prosecutors emphasized the absence of deadly violence other than from Rittenhouse on the night of the murder.
Rittenhouse, now 18, is charged with killing two men and wounding a third with a submachine gun in the summer of 2020 in a politically polarizing case that sparked violent debates about self-defense, vigilance, the right to bear arms and racial unrest in the United States following the assassination of George Floyd in Minneapolis.
Rittenhouse, a former junior police cadet, could receive a life sentence if convicted.