The prosecution rested its case against Kyle Rittenhouse on Tuesday after a disastrous day for prosecutors in Kyle’s homicide trial. The state called 22 witnesses over six days but yesterday’s star witness helped not hurt Kyle.
Gaige Grosskreutz took the stand and changed the case in most legal experts’ opinions. Grosskreutz parents filed a $10 million negligence claim against the city of Kenosha and Kenosha County. After what he admitted to yesterday, he stands little chance of winning that.
The defense lawyer asked him: “It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him, with your gun – now your hand’s down, pointed at him – that he fired, right?” To which the prosecution’s witness replied: “Correct.”
After the prosecution rested, Judge Bruce Schroeder granted a defense motion to dismiss a curfew citation charge against Rittenhouse. Defense attorneys said prosecutors failed to present any evidence to support the charge.
The media spent most of yesterday trying to deny what their own eyes saw and tried to say Grosskreutz accidentally pointed his gun at Kyle. Whatever that means. At least CNN Is now coming clean.
On Monday, Grosskreutz, a paramedic out that night, testified that he believed the teenager was an active shooter and so pursued him and unholstered his own concealed firearm. He testified that he put his hands up when Rittenhouse pointed his AR-15-style rifle at him but believed Rittenhouse did not accept his surrender. Rittenhouse shot him in the right bicep.
“I was never trying to kill the defendant,” Grosskreutz said. “In that moment, I was trying to preserve my own life, but doing so while taking the life of another is not something I am capable or comfortable doing.”
However, Grosskreutz also admitted that he pointed his gun at Rittenhouse before he was shot.
“When you were standing three to five feet from him with your arms up in the air, he never fired, right?” defense attorney Corey Chirafisi said.
“Correct,” Grosskreutz said.
“It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him with your gun — now your hand is down pointed at him — that he fired, right?” Chirafisi asked.
“Correct,” Grosskreutz responded.
Judge says the curfew charge has been dropped. There are now 6 charges total.
Defense calls first witness: Nicholas Smith.
— Stephanie Haines (@TMJ4Stephanie) November 9, 2021
Rittenhouse trial should be over immediately. pic.twitter.com/PHZnHS5rD9
— Viva Frei (@thevivafrei) November 8, 2021
JUST IN – Kyle Rittenhouse didn’t shoot until a gun was pointed at him, one of his attackers just admitted in court. pic.twitter.com/PBOr0D6xc5
— Disclose.tv (@disclosetv) November 8, 2021