Kyle Rittenhouse's lead attorney Mark Richards is shown below, along with Kenosha Police Department Detective Ben Antaramian. This helps to show how Joseph Rosenbaum could have been shot in the hand. Mark Hertzberg/Pool via Associated Press
Kyle Rittenhouse's murder trial featured Tuesday testimony from a forensic pathologist about the autopsies that he performed.
He claimed that Joseph Rosenbaum was struck by four bullets, two of which were to his head and back.
Both defense and prosecution attorneys performed demonstrations using Rittenhouse's AR-15 rifle.
In a bizarre courtroom demonstration, on Tuesday, defense and prosecution attorneys in Kyle Rittenhouse’s murder trial had to take turns having a detective point an AR-15 rifle at Rittenhouse.
The demonstrators were made during the testimony by Dr. Douglas Kelley, Milwaukee County Medical Examiner's Office. Kelley explained to the jury how Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, had been shot at close range four times - four feet.
Rittenhouse was charged with shooting Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber fatally and injuring Gaige Großkreutz August 25, 2020 amid civil unrest in Kenosha.
Kelley testified that the first shot went in Rosenbaum's groin and hand while he was facing forward. The final two shots went into Rosenbaum’s head and back at an angle that he turned horizontally towards Rittenhouse.
Prosecutors claimed that Rosenbaum was falling as he was being shot. Rittenhouse's defense lawyers argued that Rosenbaum was lunging towards Rittenhouse because of the angle of two of the shots. Kelley said both scenarios were possible.
During Kelley's testimony Assistant District Attorney James Kraus asked Kenosha Detective Ben Antaramian, to bring Rittenhouse’s rifle to the witness stand. This would allow Kelley to confirm the position of Rittenhouse & Rosenbaum during the shooting.
Krause declared, "I'm going ask Detective Antaramian point the gun at my,"
Judge Bruce Schroeder asked Antaramian, in order to make sure the rifle wasn't loaded, to "check it again,"
Krause suggested that Kelley know Rosenbaum was falling and brushing Rittenhouse's gun away.
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"Is it consistent? If I approach the detective and get stuck in my hip, breaking my hip - would that mean I would fall, reach for my hand and attempt to take the gun away?" Krause said.
Kelley stated, "That's possible."
Richards questions Kelley cross-examination and asks about the wound on Joseph Rosenbaum's skull during Rittenhouse’s trial at Kenosha County Courthouse, Kenosha, Wis. on Tuesday, November 9, 2021. Mark Hertzberg/Pool via Associated Press
Mark Richards, Rittenhouse's defense attorney, described the moment in a different way. Kelley was asked by Richards to confirm that Rittenhouse’s initial shot would not have caused Rosenbaum's fall forward. Kelley agreed.
"Mr. Rosenbaum had to already have forward momentum to get from the zero-shot shot to the second shot in 2.26 hundredsths of a second. Or right on top. Richards stated.
Kelley replied, "Yes, he had forward momentum."
Kelley agreed with Richards, that there was no evidence suggesting that Rosenbaum held his hands in the air during surrender.
"So, again, the position you would take if you were to lunge would be for you to be horizontal, right?" Richards stated.
Kelley stated, "Correct."
Richie McGinniss was a videographer who witnessed Rittenhouse chase Rittenhouse to a lot at a car dealership and then lunging for Rittenhouse’s gun.
McGinniss, who was referring to Rosenbaum, testified that it was clear that he reached for the weapon because his hands were there. "The rifle was lower that his hands, so his hands were dropping down... Kyle Rittenhouse dodged it and leveled the weapon before firing."
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