Kyle Rittenhouse behaved like a "flame" and was "pulled into chaos" in Kenosha last year when he accidentally shot two people, a Wisconsin prosecutor said on Tuesday.
Opening his statement, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger told a judge of 11 women and nine men that Rittenhouse had no reason to shoot Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, on August 25, 2020.
"One of the things we agreed on yesterday was that life is more important than possessions," Binger said. "Like a blazing fire, tourists from outside our community were attracted by the unrest here in Kenosha. People from outside Kenosha came in and took part in the riot and caused many of our citizens to fear for their safety."
He continued: “But of the hundreds of people who came to Kenosha that week, hundreds of people who had taken to the streets that week, the evidence will show that the only person who killed anyone was the accused, Kyle Rittenhouse. "
On several occasions, Binger reminded jurors that Rittenhouse was the sole cause of the protests.
Binger spoke to 20 judges, 12 of whom will be selected to discuss the issue after closing the debate. Some will take turns.
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Rittenhouse, from nearby Antioch, Illinois, said he was in Kenosha that night to protect personal property and bring first aid to anyone injured in the protests.
Defendant's attorney Mark Richards told the judges on Tuesday that his client was legally allowed to open fire, fearing that the men would shoot him and injure him.
"He was defending himself," said Richards. "Evidence will show that his actions on August 25, 2020 were as reasonable under the circumstances as they were."
Protesters took to the streets of Kenosha after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man, by a white police officer on August 23, 2020.
Riots in Kenosha forced 17-year-old Rittenhouse to cross state borders, where he allegedly took an AR-15-style semiautomatic rifle during a protest.
Kenosus is about 12 miles [20 km] northeast of Antioch and 40 miles south of Milwaukee.
Rittenhouse faces charges of culpable homicide, manslaughter and attempted murder after shooting dead Rosenbaum and Huber, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz during a protest, authorities said.
Binger and Richards both said they would show how the photos were taken on the FBI's infrared camera, which shows Rittenhouse and Rosenbaum.
The defense attorney said it would prove Rosenbaum was chasing Rittenhouse, and the prosecutor insisted the video would show the defendant starting a fight.
"Kyle Rittenhouse is not obliged to resign from Mr. Rosenbaum," Richards said. "He's doing it. He's running away from him because he doesn't want to argue. He doesn't want any problems."
Richards also said his client was forced to shoot Huber because the 26-year-old boy was skipping a skateboard to him in a dangerous way.
"Kyle Rittenhouse (lying on his back, in a very dangerous condition," said Richards, pointing to a photo he showed them before the murder round was dismissed.
"Kyle feared he would be disarmed and shot with his own weapon, evidence would emerge. He fired one shotgun, and hit Mr. Huber."
Rittenhouse was also charged with possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18 and two counts of endangering safety negligence after authorities said he shot his weapon near others.
After opening the statements, prosecutors brought their first witness to the court, a friend of Rittenhouse's Dominick Black, who admitted to buying a weapon the defendant used to shoot and kill Rosenbaum and Huber.
Black was also armed and was on the streets of Kenosha on August 25, but he did not open it, despite the hurling of stones and petrol bombs near him.
"There was no need" to shoot anyone, Black said. “Pain, yes, but not danger. I knew it wouldn't kill me. ”
Black faces charges in another case of allegedly buying a gun from Rittenhouse. His case was postponed to September but was postponed to January.
In cross-examination questions to the prosecutor, Black said he understood the charges against him, abandoned his defense of the Fifth Amendment and never received the promises of any agreements to give evidence.
The case is the cause of célèbre for many gun rights activists, who believe Rittenhouse was among his rights to death coercion that night.
Founder of MyPillow Inc. Mike Lindell and former "Silver Spoons" children's actor Ricky Schroder played a key role in "bringing us up" in the $ 2 million bail of Rittenhouse, said his then lawyer Lin Wood.
The prosecutor, Binger, urged the judges to look into the facts of the case.
"In many cases of murder the things I have to prove may be a small challenge. But here there is no doubt," he told the judges in the opening remarks.
"There will be no argument in this record that the defendant found the gun that night, fired eight shots, four hit Joseph Rosenbaum, two hit a stranger, one in Anthony Huber's chest and one in Gaige Grosskreutz's arm."