The trial for a man charged with killing two men and wounding a third with an assault-style rifle during protests last summer began Tuesday morning in Kenosha, Wisconsin. Kyle Rittenhouse, now 18, formerly of Antioch, Illinois, has been charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor.He has pleaded not guilty by self-defense in the August 2020 shootings of three men as protests ensued after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.Two of those victims died.Rittenhouse’s friend, Dominick Black, was the state’s first witness and testified that bought the AR-15 rifle Rittenhouse used in the shootings.”Who’s name was the gun purchased?” prosecutor Thomas Binger asked Black.”Mine,” Black said.”Who paid?” Binger asked.”Kyle,” Black said.Black said he and Rittenhouse were part of an armed militia on Aug. 25 that worked to defend car dealerships in Kenosha. He said the two and other friends did target practice on Black’s family’s property in Ladysmith, Wisconsin.Black testified he and Rittenhouse agreed to keep the gun locked up at his stepfather’s home in Kenosha. Black said his step-father unlocked the gun safe the night of the protests to use them for protection.Rittenhouse stayed at Black’s home the night before the shootings, Black testified.Black told the court Rittenhouse called him after he shot Joseph Rosenbaum.He wasn’t with Rittenhouse at the time.”I didn’t believe the gunshots were him. He said ‘I shot somebody, I shot somebody,'” Black testified.After the other two victims were shot, Black said he met Rittenhouse and drove him to Antioch.He said Rittenhouse seemed scared but he had to shoot the victims in self-defense.Black told the jury Rittenhouse never mentioned anyone attacked him with a weapon.He said Rittenhouse’s mother talked about Rittenhouse fleeing to Michigan but he got Rittenhouse to turn himself into police.After the shootings, Rittenhouse and his mother walked into the Antioch Police Department.As Black testified, Rittenhouse listened intently, occasionally jotting down notes as Black spoke and then leaning over to whisper something to an attorney. Defense attorney Mark Richards asked Black if he hoped by testifying for the prosecution, they might not recommend prison time for the two felonies with which he’s charged for buying Rittenhouse the gun.Black said yes, but he also testified no promises had been made to him in return for his testimony. Prosecutors called FBI agent Brandon Cramin as their second witness Tuesday, who testified about law enforcement aerial surveillance of the protest on the night of the shootings.Prosecutors have said previously the surveillance video could show that, at least at some point in the night, it was Rittenhouse who was following and chasing Rosenbaum.After Craimin took the stand, prosecutors played for jurors a grainy, black and white video taken by Cramin in an airplane flying 8,500 feet overheard.None of the fuzzy figures on the ground were immediately identifiable.Prosecutors said they were done questioning the FBI agent before they ever identified anyone in the grainy footage or explaining the significance of it to the Rittenhouse case.They will likely circle back to the video later in the presentation. The prosecution’s third witness was self-described social media influencer Koerri Washington, of Kenosha.”In my opinion, people like myself make things better for everyone because it helps show another side of the full picture,” Washington said.He said he followed the protests after the Blake shooting to document what happened.The jury watched as the prosecution played a portion of Washington’s Facebook live video from the night of Aug. 25.His video shows a crowd yelling at a group of armed men, including Rittenhouse, who was smoking a cigarette while holding the AR-15.Washington’s testimony will continue Wednesday morning.The trial is expected to last two or three weeks.

The trial for a man charged with killing two men and wounding a third with an assault-style rifle during protests last summer began Tuesday morning in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

Kyle Rittenhouse, now 18, formerly of Antioch, Illinois, has been charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor.

He has pleaded not guilty by self-defense in the August 2020 shootings of three men as protests ensued after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Two of those victims died.

Rittenhouse’s friend, Dominick Black, was the state’s first witness and testified that bought the AR-15 rifle Rittenhouse used in the shootings.

“Who’s name was the gun purchased?” prosecutor Thomas Binger asked Black.

“Mine,” Black said.

“Who paid?” Binger asked.

“Kyle,” Black said.

Black said he and Rittenhouse were part of an armed militia on Aug. 25 that worked to defend car dealerships in Kenosha.

He said the two and other friends did target practice on Black’s family’s property in Ladysmith, Wisconsin.

Black testified he and Rittenhouse agreed to keep the gun locked up at his stepfather’s home in Kenosha.

Black said his step-father unlocked the gun safe the night of the protests to use them for protection.

Rittenhouse stayed at Black’s home the night before the shootings, Black testified.

Black told the court Rittenhouse called him after he shot Joseph Rosenbaum.

He wasn’t with Rittenhouse at the time.

“I didn’t believe the gunshots were him. He said ‘I shot somebody, I shot somebody,'” Black testified.

After the other two victims were shot, Black said he met Rittenhouse and drove him to Antioch.

He said Rittenhouse seemed scared but he had to shoot the victims in self-defense.

Black told the jury Rittenhouse never mentioned anyone attacked him with a weapon.

He said Rittenhouse’s mother talked about Rittenhouse fleeing to Michigan but he got Rittenhouse to turn himself into police.

After the shootings, Rittenhouse and his mother walked into the Antioch Police Department.

As Black testified, Rittenhouse listened intently, occasionally jotting down notes as Black spoke and then leaning over to whisper something to an attorney.

Defense attorney Mark Richards asked Black if he hoped by testifying for the prosecution, they might not recommend prison time for the two felonies with which he’s charged for buying Rittenhouse the gun.

Black said yes, but he also testified no promises had been made to him in return for his testimony.

Prosecutors called FBI agent Brandon Cramin as their second witness Tuesday, who testified about law enforcement aerial surveillance of the protest on the night of the shootings.

Prosecutors have said previously the surveillance video could show that, at least at some point in the night, it was Rittenhouse who was following and chasing Rosenbaum.

After Craimin took the stand, prosecutors played for jurors a grainy, black and white video taken by Cramin in an airplane flying 8,500 feet overheard.

None of the fuzzy figures on the ground were immediately identifiable.

Prosecutors said they were done questioning the FBI agent before they ever identified anyone in the grainy footage or explaining the significance of it to the Rittenhouse case.

They will likely circle back to the video later in the presentation.

The prosecution’s third witness was self-described social media influencer Koerri Washington, of Kenosha.

“In my opinion, people like myself make things better for everyone because it helps show another side of the full picture,” Washington said.

He said he followed the protests after the Blake shooting to document what happened.

The jury watched as the prosecution played a portion of Washington’s Facebook live video from the night of Aug. 25.

His video shows a crowd yelling at a group of armed men, including Rittenhouse, who was smoking a cigarette while holding the AR-15.

Washington’s testimony will continue Wednesday morning.

The trial is expected to last two or three weeks.

(this story/news/article has not been edited by PostX News staff and is published from a syndicated feed)

Source

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here