Kyle Rittenhouse opened fire seconds after hearing gunshot: expert

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Kyle Rittenhouse opened fire seconds after hearing gunshot: expert

Kyle Rittenhouse opened fire on the first man he killed during the mayhem in Kenosha, Wisconsin, just seconds after a gunshot fired in the air behind him, an expert said Thursday.

Dr. John Black, who is an expert on use-of-force cases and video evidence, testified about footage that he analyzed for Rittenhouse’s murder trial on charges that he fatally shot two men and injured a third as riots broke out in the city last summer.

Asked about the time between the shot fired by another protester and Rittenhouse opening fire, Black said that the gap was only about “two and three quarters” seconds.

Rittenhouse’s lawyers have argued that the teen feared for his life when he shot his first victim that night, Joseph Rosenbaum.

Black’s testimony comes after an explosive day in court Wednesday in which Rittenhouse broke down on the stand as he described the events leading up to the shootings on Aug. 25. 2020.

Rittenhouse’s nearly daylong testimony was interrupted by fiery exchanges between the prosecutors and the judge, who at one point suggested they were acting in bad faith with their line of questioning.

Kyle Rittenhouse walks through the gallery of the courtroom and back to his table after a break in his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse.
Kyle Rittenhouse walks through the gallery of the courtroom and back to his table after a break in his trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse.
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Kyle Rittenhouse (right) arrives at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 11, 2021.
Kyle Rittenhouse arrives at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 11, 2021.
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Gaige Grosskreutz testifies during Kyle Rittenhouse's trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse.
Gaige Grosskreutz testifies during Kyle Rittenhouse’s trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse.
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John Black, use-of-force expert, testifies during Kyle Rittenhouse's trail at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 11, 2021.
John Black, use-of-force expert, testifies during Kyle Rittenhouse’s trail at the Kenosha County Courthouse on November 11, 2021.
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Rittenhouse’s lawyers also cited what they said were out-of-bounds questions directed at their client in requesting a mistrial on Wednesday.

Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder didn’t immediately rule on the matter.

Schroeder indicated that the trial could wrap up this week, saying that it would be “ideal” if closing arguments were held Friday.

Kyle Rittenhouse (center) clashes and shoots a protester (right) during the third day of protests over the shooting of Jacob Black.
Kyle Rittenhouse (center) clashes and shoots a protester (right) during the third day of protests over the shooting of Jacob Black.
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Kyle Rittenhouse breaks down during his cross-examination on November 10, 2021.
Kyle Rittenhouse breaks down during his cross-examination on November 10, 2021.
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Shooting victim Gaige Grosskreutz shows the jury how he was holding the gun in his right hand when he was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse.
Shooting victim Gaige Grosskreutz shows the jury how he was holding the gun in his right hand when he was shot by Kyle Rittenhouse.
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Rittenhouse faces six charges, including intentional homicide for the shootings that killed Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and then injured Gaige Grosskreutz.

Prosecutors have argued that Rittenhouse was the instigator of the violence, while his lawyers have claimed that he acted in self-defense.

If convicted of intentional homicide, which is the state’s equivalent of murder, he faces a mandatory sentence of life in prison.

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