Man shot by Kyle Rittenhouse describes meeting on Kenosha street

But Mr McGinniss also offered what may be the defense’s most crucial testimony: that he saw Mr Rosenbaum chase Mr Rittenhouse into a parking lot, pounce on him and grab the barrel of his rifle.

“He threw his momentum towards the weapon,” McGinnis said in court.

Another prosecution witness, Kariann Swart, said last week that she was Mr Rosenbaum’s fiancée and possibly the last person close to him to see him alive, recounting their relationship to the jury and describing his anguish of to hear that he had been killed.

The next morning he was fatally shot, she said, she drove into the parking lot and saw the mark on the sidewalk where he had been killed.

“I put my hand in it and my hand was wet with his blood,” she said. “I collapsed on the floor.

But Ms Swart also testified in line with a defense claim that Mr Rosenbaum behaved strangely in the hours leading up to his assassination.

She said that on the day of the shooting, Mr. Rosenbaum was released from a hospital and was taking medication for bipolar disorder and depression. When Mr Rosenbaum visited her at the motel she was staying at, Ms Swart said, she specifically told him not to go to downtown Kenosha, where the unrest continued for several nights in a row. He went anyway, carrying a small plastic bag containing items from the hospital, she said.

Jason Lackowski, another prosecution witness and one of the gunmen who were in Kenosha that night in an attempt to protect property, told the court last week that Mr Rosenbaum was “a talkative idiot”, minimizing the threat that Mr. Rosenbaum might have. posed to Mr. Rittenhouse.

But he also testified that within minutes of the shooting he found Mr. Grosskreutz’s pistol lying in the street and emptied it in the room.

Dan Hinkel contributed reports.

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