Kyle Rittenhouse dreamed about shooting people days before Kenosha: video

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In this Aug. 26, 2020, photo released by the Antioch Police Department is Kyle Rittenhouse in Antioch, Ill. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis.

Newly discovered video caught Kyle Rittenhouse fantasizing about gunning down a man just 15 days before he shot three protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, according to prosecutors seeking to use it in his trial.

The 29-second clip included in a court motion filed Wednesday shows a CVS store, with a voice sounding like Rittenhouse suggesting that people running out were shoplifters.

“It looks like one of them has a weapon,” says the person prosecutors identify as Rittenhouse, but who was not actually seen in the video.

“Brah, I wish I had my f—ing AR. l’d start shooting rounds at them,” says the same person in the video used in the filing.

Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said his office only obtained the video on Aug. 12. The filing did not reveal how the video emerged, nor why prosecutors believe it is Rittenhouse, who was just 17 at the time.

In this Aug. 26, 2020, photo released by the Antioch Police Department is Kyle Rittenhouse in Antioch, Ill. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis.
Kyle Rittenhouse is pleading that the Kenosha shooting was in self-defense.
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In this Aug. 25, 2020 file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse, left, with backwards cap, walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., with another armed civilian. Rittenhouse, the Illinois man accused of killing two people during the chaotic protests that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin, was due Friday, May 21, 2020, to make his first in-person court appearance. COVID-19 protocols in the Kenosha County courthouse have forced Rittenhouse to make all his court appearances since he was charged in August via video from his attorney's office.
If convicted, Kyle Rittenhouse (left), could face life in prison.
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Binger filed a motion to use the clip in the trial of the teen, who has always insisted he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and injured Gaige Grosskreutz during a Black Lives Matter protest last August.

Kyle Rittenhouse, Kenosha shooting suspect.
Kyle Rittenhouse is currently charged with gunning down three protestors.

“The defendant’s state of mind … is a critical issue in this case,” the motion stressed, saying the “video from only 15 days earlier … provides crucial insight.”

“Quite simply, the defendant saw something, jumped to a conclusion based on exactly zero facts, and then threatened to kill someone based on his baseless assumption and wrongful interpretation,” the motion claimed.

“The defendant’s understanding of the proper use of his ‘AR’ and of deadly force is crucial to this case, and this video demonstrates that the defendant was eager to use deadly force in an unlawful situation,” the prosecution motion insisted.

Rittenhouse’s lawyers have yet to respond to the new motion, court records show.

A second motion also seeks the names of anyone who has donated to Rittenhouse’s legal defense or $2 million bail, and even those who bought “Free Kyle” merchandise through his family’s website, to ensure they cannot end up on the jury pool.

In this May 21, 2021 file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse, right, listens to his attorney, Mark Richards, during Rittenhouse's pretrial hearing at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis. The family of one of the two men fatally shot during a demonstration against police violence in Kenosha has filed a federal civil lawsuit against local law enforcement accusing officers of facilitating Kyle Rittenhouse's attacks.
The 29-second clip included in a court motion filed Wednesday shows a CVS store, with a voice sounding like Kyle Rittenhouse suggesting that people running out were shoplifters.
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Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder set a hearing for the motions for Sept. 17.

Rittenhouse maintains he fired in self-defense in the fatal shootings caught in graphic videos and images at the fiery protest over the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

His trial is scheduled for Nov. 1 on charges of reckless homicide, recklessly endangering safety, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and being a minor in possession of a dangerous weapon. He faces life in prison if convicted.

With Post wires

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