Meanwhile, in Rittenhouse news, the defense has unleashed their opening salvo
The key points:
On Tuesday, Rittenhouse's attorney Lin Wood released footage outlining the defense's version of events on the night of the shootings, in particular highlighting the events leading up to the first shooting, which was not captured on widely-circulated video of the subsequent two shootings.
In a slickly produced 11-minute video released by Wood's FightBack Foundation, the defense team argues that other shots were fired before and after the first fatal shooting, which killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum.
We already knew that Kyle didn't shoot first from the NYT video, but they do seem to have found some new stuff of the first shooting.
Videos also show a dispute between Rosenbaum and men guarding a nearby gas station prior to the shooting.
Rittenhouse's lawyers say that Rosenbaum was enraged that the guards had put out a fire in a rolling dumpster that activists had tried to push toward the gas station, and that he was seen shouting 'Shoot me n***a' at a man with a rifle at the gas station, who was dressed similarly to Rittenhouse.
Some time later, Rittenhouse was spotted sprinting with a fire extinguisher to put out another fire, which his lawyers claim that Rosenbaum was involved in igniting.
I assume his defense lawyers have found this "other guard" and that they will be putting him on the stand.
As Rittenhouse fled, a single gunshot rang out nearby, with the muzzle flash captured on video. It's unclear who fired the gun. Rittenhouse then turns around to face Rosenbaum, and according to McGinniss, opened fire as Rosenbaum lunged at his rifle.
According to Rittenhouse's attorneys, he fired four times. The video captures three additional shots of unknown origin immediately after Rittenhouse fired.
Rosembaum was struck four times, and Rittenhouse's attorneys say that it has yet to be proven that he fired all of the shots that struck Rosenbaum.
Rittenhouse then attempted to call 911, but quickly fled from the shooting scene on foot as an angry crowd began to form.
I wonder if his phone records will back that up. If they do...it certainly helps his case.
After that's it's pretty much all old news, with one exception.
A social media post unearthed by Rittnehouse's legal team purports to show a social media post by a friend of Grosskreutz who spoke to him in the hospital after the shooting.
'His only regret was not killing the kid and hesitating to pull the gun before emptying the entire mag into him,' the friend claimed Grosskreutz had said.
Grosskreutz was the "medic" that approached Rittenhouse with a drawn handgun. But even if this "friend" can be found and maintains his story, I'm not sure how relevant it is. Is that even admissible? I honestly don't know.
At any rate, I suspect the prosecutor has their work cut out for them.
/. "She climbed backwards out her
\/ window into Outside Over There."