Kyle Rittehouse In Court Associated Press
The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse is proceeding, and as it does, more evidence is coming out that supports Rittenhouse’s claims that he acted in self-defense that night in Kenosha.
This past Monday, Rittenhouse defense attorney Corey Chirafisi questioned witness and victim Gaige Grosskreutz about the nature of his interaction with Rittenhouse prior to being shot in the arm.
Referencing a still image of the exact moment the bullet from Rittenhouse’s rifle was piercing Grosskreutz’s arm, Chirafisi began a line of questioning in which he made the distinction of Rittenhouse’s actions before and after Grosskreutz brandished and pointed a handgun directly at Rittenhouse as he was in a seated position on the street.
Grosskreutz admitted that he revealed his gun, pointed the gun at Rittenhouse, and it was only after he made these two choices that Rittenhouse fired on him. Chirafisi highlighted the cause and effect nature of Grosskreutz’s actions by asking, “So when you were standing 3-5 feet from him with your arms up in the air, he never fired. Right?” “It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him with your gun — now your hands down — pointed at him that he fired. Right?”
To both questions, Grosskreutz responded simply and concisely, “Correct.”
This portion of Chirafisi’s questioning of Grosskreutz can be watched here.
Grosskreutz’s admission of pointing a deadly weapon at Rittenhouse, implicitly acknowledging that he made the teenager fear for his life, helps the defense’s argument that Rittenhouse was simply acting in self-defense and should not be found guilty of attempted intentional homicide.
What remains to be seen is whether the defense will be able to depict Rittenhouse in an equally favorable light for the other two encounters in which 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber both lost their lives due to their interactions with Rittenhouse.
There is video evidence of Huber’s death and Grosskreutz’s injury that clearly shows a crowd of people chasing Rittenhouse, him falling to the street, and only firing upon the two men as they attacked him as he sat immobile in the street. Huber swung as skateboard at Rittenhouse’s head, resulting in Huber being targeted and shot.
As for Rosenbaum, there is far less visual evidence, however many of those in Kenosha that night acknowledge Rosenbaum’s erratic and aggressive behavior towards many people in the street. Even Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger acknowledged in the trials opening statements that Rosenbaum had been “getting in people’s faces” on the night of his death.
Richard McGinnis, a video producer for The Daily Caller who was present at the protests, claims to have seen Rosenbaum attempt to disarm Rittenhouse. After this point, Rittenhouse fired four shots, killing Rosenbaum. As there is a notable lack of evidence for the interactions between Rittenhouse and Rosenbaum, McGinnis’ testimony is expected to be very important for both the defense and prosecution.
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