Prosecutors Scramble in Rittenhouse Trial After “Train Wreck”

Prosecutors Scramble in Rittenhouse Trial After

( – Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old standing trial for killing two men during a 2020 violent protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, appears to have backing for his self-defense position. On November 4, the prosecution called eyewitness Richie McGinniss who was present at the scene. He recounted the events that led to the shooting, describing the now-deceased Joseph Rosenbaum as the aggressor. He testified that the first man Rittenhouse shot was lunging at the defendant and trying to grab his rifle right before the shooting, throwing a monkey wrench in the prosecution’s murder charge.

The case against the Illinois teen depends on painting him as a gun-wielding vigilante, shooting first and asking questions later. Unfortunately for the prosecution, its own key witness may have torpedoed its entire narrative. McGinniss repeatedly stated during his time on the stand that Rosenbaum lunged at the defendant multiple times. In addition, he recalled that up until Rittenhouse shot his rifle, the accused had the weapon pointed at a 45-degree angle toward the ground.

Ryan Balch, a second witness who testified the same day, offered his recollection of earlier events before the shooting. He said Rosenbaum threatened to kill him and Rittenhouse while acting violently and attempting to set fire in a nearby dumpster. Both witnesses appear to bolster the defense.

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