Kyle Rittenhouse took the stand on Wednesday in his homicide trial for the shootings, which killed two men and injured a third, during last year’s riots in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse, 18, was called by his defense team to testify about the triple shooting that killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz, 27.
Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder ran through a series of procedural questions before testimony got underway, asking, “Do you think what you’re doing is the best thing under all the circumstances?”
“Yes, your honor,” Rittenhouse replied.
Rittenhouse was 17 when he brought a semi-automatic rifle and a medical kit to Kenosha in what he claims was an effort to protect businesses as riots broke out on Aug. 25, 2020, following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a black man who was left paralyzed from the waist down.
He faces six criminal charges, including intentional homicide for the fatal shootings.