KENOSHA, Wis. — Kyle Rittenhouse testified Wednesday that a man he is accused of murdering threatened to kill him on a night of violent protests in Kenosha last year after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse, 18, broke down as he described the events of Aug. 25, 2020, that led to him fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum, 36. Rittenhouse is also accused of murdering Anthony Huber, 26, and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, 27.
The Illinois teenager was calm to start his testimony but began to cry before the judge called for a morning break in the trial.
Rittenhouse’s attorneys have claimed his acts were self-defense as he feared for his life that evening. He faces counts of intentional, reckless and attempted homicide and could get life in prison if convicted.
Rittenhouse said Rosenbaum screamed, “If I catch any of you (expletives) alone I’m going to (expletive) kill you!” and later said, “I’m going to cut your (expletive) hearts out!”
Through much the first five days of testimony, cellphone video and testimony from various participants did little to undermine the defense’s assertion Rittenhouse acted in self-defense. However, new drone video and a medical examiner’s explanation of gunshot wounds on Tuesday may have advanced the prosecution’s on the first homicide.
Contributing: The Associated Press.