Kyle Rittenhouse told judges Wednesday that one of the two men shot dead during a protest in Wisconsin last year threatened to kill himself in the evening.
On August 25, 2020, Rittenhouse testified in his own argument that he protected private property in Kenosha and provided first aid. Anthony Hooper, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, Spread out.
Rittenhouse, who faces two murder charges, described Rosenbaum as “the first person to attack me and make two death threats.”
Rosenbaum said he used the F-word several times in confronting him verbally.
“He yelled, ‘If you catch any of you alone, I’m going to kill you,'” the victim told Rittenhouse. “I’m going. To cut your f —— hearts. ‘ ”
When defensive lawyer Mark Richards instructed him to describe the moments before the shooting on Rosenbaum, Rittenhouse began to weep uncontrollably, prompting the judge to call a break.
Before he began to testify, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schrder asked the 18-year-old defendant a series of questions and reminded him of his constitutional right not to testify.
Rittenhouse responded with a pledge that he understood the dangers of taking a stand in his own defense.
Defendant said she is currently studying nursing at Arizona State University.
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