In the slowed-down video, Joseph Rosenbaum can be seen following Mr Rittenhouse until the teen spins around and shoots him
A drone video played at Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial on Tuesday showed the moment the teenager shot the first of the two protesters he is accused of murdering.
In die video, which was zoomed in and slowed down by a forensic expert, demonstrator Joseph Rosenbaum can be seen following Mr Rittenhouse until the teen spins around and shoots him. Mr Rosenbaum then falls to the ground, and Mr Rittenhouse runs behind a car.
Volgens die Associated Press, this was the clearest footage the jury has seen so far of the shooting, after which Mr Rittenhouse shot two more protesters – Gaige Grosskreutz, who was wounded, en Anthony Huber, who died.
Dr Doug Kelley, a forensic pathologist, testified that Mr Rosenbaum was shot four times – in the groin, hand, thigh, and back. Prosecutors have said it was the shot in the back that killed him.
Mr Rittenhouse has been charged with first degree intentional homicide and first degree reckless homicide in the killing of Mr Rosenbaum and Mr Huber. His lawyers are arguing that he shot them in self-defence.
Mnr Rosenbaum, hulle sê, was chasing Mr Rittenhouse and trying to grab his gun shortly before he was shot. Witnesses last week bolstered that claim, testifying that on the night of the shootings, Mr Rosenbaum was “hyperaggressive” and “acting belligerently”.
The violence took place on 25 Augustus, 2020 in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Op daardie stadium, Kenosha was in the midst of raucous protests over the police shooting of Jacob Blake, and Mr Rittenhouse entered the fray with a gun. His lawyers say he was there to protect local businesses. Prosecutors say he was instigating violence.
“Soos motte vir ’n vlam, toeriste van buite ons gemeenskap was aangetrokke tot die chaos hier in Kenosha,” Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger has said. “Die bewyse sal wys dat honderde mense op straat was en chaos en geweld ervaar het, en die enigste persoon wat iemand vermoor het, was die beskuldigde, Kyle Rittenhouse.”
Mr Rittenhouse’s lawyers say he acted in self-defense.
“Kyle Rittenhouse het homself beskerm,” defense attorney Mark Richards has said, “het sy vuurwapen beskerm sodat dit nie geneem en teen hom of ander mense gebruik kon word nie, van mnr Rosenbaum wat dreigemente gemaak het om dood te maak, en die ander individue wat nie daardie skietery gesien het nie, het hom soos ’n dier in die straat aangeval.”
Indien skuldig bevind, Mnr Rittenhouse kan lewenslange tronkstraf opgelê word.