Kyle Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty to all charges in the murder case

“After he did it a few times, I turned my back on him and ignored him,” Lackowski added.

But Rittenhouse testified that he feared for his life when he shot and killed Rosenbaum.

“He was chasing me. I was alone. He threatened to kill me earlier in the evening,” Rittenhouse said. “I would not have to shoot him. I pointed at him because he kept running towards me and I did not want him to chase me. “

Rittenhouse, who also testified that he had also gone to Kenosha to provide medical care and carried a medical bag, did not provide first aid to Rosenbaum after shooting him. Instead of calling 911 while the man was dying, Rittenhouse called a friend, to then run from the scene, showed video evidence played during the trial.

Several people tried to stop Rittenhouse, who testified that he ran to find police.

Anthony Huber, 26, hit Rittenhouse with his skateboard in an attempt to stop him. Rittenhouse fired his gun, shot Huber once in the chest and killed him.

Rittenhouse also shot paramedic Gaige Grosskreutz, who was injured. Grosskreutz was also armed with a pistol, but he testified that his arms were raised in surrender when Rittenhouse shot him.

Rittenhouse, who faces a total of six charges, sobbed at the stand last week while testifying that night.

The trial was at times tense, with Judge Bruce Schroeder at one point dismissing the jury for shouting angrily at prosecutor Thomas Binger for a series of questions that the judge had previously ruled inadmissible. This led to Rittenhouse’s legal team asking Schroeder to declare a lawsuit, which ultimately failed.

Schroeder also questioned basic technology; he was confused by a pinch-to-zoom feature presented in evidence and scolded about trouble he apparently routinely encounters with his cell phone. At some point during the trial, Schrøder’s phone started ringing. It played Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” a favorite rally song by former President Donald Trump.

Schroeder also elected a jury in just one day in what The New York Times described as one “unusually fast process” it resulted in an “overwhelming white” jury. Days later, a jury was fired after making a racist joke about Blake – the black man who was shot by Kenosha police – to a deputy.

“Why did it take seven shots to shoot Jacob Blake?” the juries asked the deputy. The juror then replied, “Because they ran out of bullets.”

When the jury’s decision came, hundreds of National Guard troops was on standby in Kenosha at the request of Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers (D).


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