Kyle Rittenhouse on Nov. 10 testified in his own defense on why he fatally shot two people and wounded another during a civil unrest in Wisconsin last year.
Rittenhouse, 18, has pleaded not guilty to felony charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
“I didn’t do anything wrong. I was defending myself,” Rittenhouse said when he was recounting the fatal shootings in Kenosha.
Rittenhouse detailed that he had traveled to Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020 after seeing online pleas to help protect the city amid riots that broke out after a police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black man.
Rittenhouse said he brought along medical supplies to provide first aid and his AR-style semiautomatic rifle for his protection.
Rittenhouse said that several men “cornered” him when he and his friends were guarding car lots that had been vandalized.
Rittenhouse claimed that Joseph Rosenbaum, the first person he fatally shot, “attacked me first and threatened to kill me twice.”
Rittenhouse then explained that Anthony Huber, the next person he killed, attacked him with a skateboard from behind and grabbed his gun.
Rittenhouse said that he then shot and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, who had a pistol pointed at him.
During his testimony, Rittenhouse broke down in tears, prompting Judge Bruce Schroeder to call for a brief recess.
During cross-examination, Rittenhouse said, “I didn’t intend to kill them. I intended to stop the people who were attacking me.”
Lead prosecutor Thomas Binger implied that Rittenhouse was changing his side of the story to fit the narrative after “hearing everything in the case” during eight days of trial.
Schroeder warned Binger of committing a “grave constitutional violation” in questioning Rittenhouse’s right to remain silent.
Defense lawyers said they’ll be asking for a mistrial.
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