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Warning: This live video may contain violent and/or disturbing images with strong language. Viewer discretion is advised. The prosecution called its final witnesses Tuesday in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.More Kyle Rittenhouse trial coverageThe latest:After the judge excused the jury, Richards said an ex-police officer who the defense wanted to have testify has COVID-19.He asked if the witness could testify via Zoom. The prosecution did not object.This witness was not identified.The trial will resume Wednesday morning.The judge has ruled prosecutors have not provided enough evidence in the curfew violation charge Rittenhouse faces.The judge grants the defense motion to dismiss that charge.It was a civil ticket.Before the trial resumed, the judge explained an incident that happened Tuesday morning where someone recorded video of jurors outside the courtroom.Deputies stopped the person and made he or she delete the video.The defense asked if the person recording the video had been in the courtroom before.That was unclear.The judge told the jurors he was surprised something like that happened and that steps were being taken to make sure it did not happen again.Rittenhouse, now 18, formerly of Antioch, Illinois, has been charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor for shooting three men, killing two of them.He has pleaded not guilty by self-defense.Defense witness: Lucas ZaninLucas Zanin said he was in Kenosha the night of the deadly protest shootings.He said he was driving his stepdaughter downtown.She was recording video on her cellphone while he was driving.When he saw a fire, he said he parked.The defense showed a video his stepdaughter recorded the night of the deadly shootings.In the video, jurors can hear gunshots and see protesters destroying cars at Car Source.Defense witness: Nathan DeBruinNathan DeBruin lives in Kenosha.He described himself as an amateur photojournalist.DeBruin said he was downtown the night of the deadly protest shootings and took several photos.He described the images to the jury. Jurors occasionally took notes during his testimony.DeBruin described seeing Rosenbaum as agitated.Huber “looked like he was trying to subdue Kyle… and then everything happened in a matter of a second,” DeBruin testified.He was asked if he sought an opportunity to sell his photography for a profit from the trial.Defense witness: JoAnn FiedlerThe defense calls JoAnn Fiedler, 56, of West Bend, to the stand.She said she started a patriot group in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.Fiedler said she went to Kenosha the night of the deadly protest shootings.She said she was armed with a pistol when we met Rittenhouse at Car Source.Fiedler said after Rittenhouse shot three people, he came running into Car Source, saying he shot someone.He said his life might be over.Fiedler described him as looking pale. This was after Rittenhouse walked toward police with his hands up.Defense witness: Nicholas SmithNick Smith, 23, of Kenosha, is the defense’s first witness.He said he worked for Car Source and knew the owners for 10 years.Smith testified on Aug. 24, 2020, the owner called him and asked him to help put out fires at the car dealership.He said no one was there to protect the business.Smith said he wanted body armor the second night of the protests and Rittenhouse offered Smith his body armor.Smith said he didn’t plan to be armed and was going to protect the car dealership from the roof.He said Rittenhouse and Dominick Black met him at Car Source the night of the protest shootings.Two Car Source owners testified last week they never asked for help to protect their business. Smith said when he arrived, one owner said he was grateful for their presence.He said after hearing gunshots, he ran into Rittenhouse.Smith was sitting inside the car shop and said Rittenhouse kept saying over and over he shot someone and had to. Smith told him to walk outside and turn himself into police.State restsAfter lunch Tuesday, the prosecution rested its case against Kyle Rittenhouse.Witness: Dr. Doug KelleyDr. Doug Kelley is a forensic pathologist with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.He testified Anthony Huber died from a single gunshot wound to chest which created lethal trauma to his heart and lungs.The loss of blood and damage to organs contributed to his death.The prosecution showed graphic autopsy pictures of Huber deceased.Rittenhouse looked away.A few jurors also seemed to find it difficult to look at the images for long.One glanced up at a monitor over her shoulder only briefly, then turned and looked straight ahead.Photos show his gunshot wounds.Kelley discussed Rosenbaum’s autopsy, saying he died from multiple gunshot wounds.He estimated Rosenbaum was about four feet from Rittenhouse when he was shot.Kelley said Rosenbaum’s gunshot wound to the chest damaged his lungs and liver and was lethal.Jurors saw more bloody pictures of bullet entrance wounds to Rosenbaum’s body.Kelley showed a picture of Rosenbaum’s body on the autopsy table and pointed out an entrance wound to his back.He testified the fatal shot to Rosenbaum would have been as he was falling.Kelley said they used video of the shooting with audio to match which bullets struck him and when.Jurors seemed to take extensive notes during Kelley’s testimony and and explanation of the fatal wounds.Upon cross-examination, defense attorney Mark Richards asked Kelley to confirm Rosenbaum was not turned around and shot in back, but demonstrated being horizontal and in a lunging position.Rittenhouse was whispering to his attorney, smiling and shaking his head as attorneys demonstrated the distance between his gun and Rosenbaum.The discussion revolves around soot found on Rosenbaum’s hand.The state said it intends to rest its case after lunch break. The defense objected to no evidence submitted for the curfew violation charge.Prosecutor Thomas Binger said a detective testified one was in place.The judge said he would take the objection under advisement.Witness: James ArmstrongJames Armstrong is an evidence examiner at the State Crime Lab in Milwaukee.He said he enhanced photos and video evidence from the night of the protest shootings.They went over FBI surveillance plane video which was above the Rosenbaum shooting.Jurors saw never-before-seen drone video that has been slowed down showing the Rosenbaum shooting. It shows Rosenbaum going after Rittenhouse in the parking lot. Armstrong said it also shows Rittenhouse hanging around then taking off. Video has no sound and was just given to prosecutors last week.WISN 12’s Hillary Mintz is in the courtroom following the proceedings:The trial is expected to last two or three weeks.If convicted, Rittenhouse faces up to life in prison.

Warning: This live video may contain violent and/or disturbing images with strong language. Viewer discretion is advised.

The prosecution called its final witnesses Tuesday in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

More Kyle Rittenhouse trial coverage

The latest:

After the judge excused the jury, Richards said an ex-police officer who the defense wanted to have testify has COVID-19.

He asked if the witness could testify via Zoom.

The prosecution did not object.

This witness was not identified.

The trial will resume Wednesday morning.


The judge has ruled prosecutors have not provided enough evidence in the curfew violation charge Rittenhouse faces.

The judge grants the defense motion to dismiss that charge.

It was a civil ticket.


Before the trial resumed, the judge explained an incident that happened Tuesday morning where someone recorded video of jurors outside the courtroom.

Deputies stopped the person and made he or she delete the video.

The defense asked if the person recording the video had been in the courtroom before.

That was unclear.

The judge told the jurors he was surprised something like that happened and that steps were being taken to make sure it did not happen again.

Rittenhouse, now 18, formerly of Antioch, Illinois, has been charged with six felonies and one misdemeanor for shooting three men, killing two of them.

He has pleaded not guilty by self-defense.

Defense witness: Lucas Zanin

Lucas Zanin said he was in Kenosha the night of the deadly protest shootings.

He said he was driving his stepdaughter downtown.

She was recording video on her cellphone while he was driving.

When he saw a fire, he said he parked.

The defense showed a video his stepdaughter recorded the night of the deadly shootings.

In the video, jurors can hear gunshots and see protesters destroying cars at Car Source.

Defense witness: Nathan DeBruin

Nathan DeBruin lives in Kenosha.

He described himself as an amateur photojournalist.

DeBruin said he was downtown the night of the deadly protest shootings and took several photos.

He described the images to the jury.

Jurors occasionally took notes during his testimony.

DeBruin described seeing Rosenbaum as agitated.

Huber “looked like he was trying to subdue Kyle… and then everything happened in a matter of a second,” DeBruin testified.

He was asked if he sought an opportunity to sell his photography for a profit from the trial.

Defense witness: JoAnn Fiedler

The defense calls JoAnn Fiedler, 56, of West Bend, to the stand.

She said she started a patriot group in response to the Black Lives Matter movement.

Fiedler said she went to Kenosha the night of the deadly protest shootings.

She said she was armed with a pistol when we met Rittenhouse at Car Source.

Fiedler said after Rittenhouse shot three people, he came running into Car Source, saying he shot someone.

He said his life might be over.

Fiedler described him as looking pale.

This was after Rittenhouse walked toward police with his hands up.

Defense witness: Nicholas Smith

Nick Smith, 23, of Kenosha, is the defense’s first witness.

He said he worked for Car Source and knew the owners for 10 years.

Smith testified on Aug. 24, 2020, the owner called him and asked him to help put out fires at the car dealership.

He said no one was there to protect the business.

Smith said he wanted body armor the second night of the protests and Rittenhouse offered Smith his body armor.

Smith said he didn’t plan to be armed and was going to protect the car dealership from the roof.

He said Rittenhouse and Dominick Black met him at Car Source the night of the protest shootings.

Two Car Source owners testified last week they never asked for help to protect their business.

Smith said when he arrived, one owner said he was grateful for their presence.

He said after hearing gunshots, he ran into Rittenhouse.

Smith was sitting inside the car shop and said Rittenhouse kept saying over and over he shot someone and had to.

Smith told him to walk outside and turn himself into police.

State rests

After lunch Tuesday, the prosecution rested its case against Kyle Rittenhouse.

Witness: Dr. Doug Kelley

Dr. Doug Kelley is a forensic pathologist with the Milwaukee County Medical Examiner’s Office.

He testified Anthony Huber died from a single gunshot wound to chest which created lethal trauma to his heart and lungs.

The loss of blood and damage to organs contributed to his death.

The prosecution showed graphic autopsy pictures of Huber deceased.

Rittenhouse looked away.

A few jurors also seemed to find it difficult to look at the images for long.

One glanced up at a monitor over her shoulder only briefly, then turned and looked straight ahead.

Photos show his gunshot wounds.

Kelley discussed Rosenbaum’s autopsy, saying he died from multiple gunshot wounds.

He estimated Rosenbaum was about four feet from Rittenhouse when he was shot.

Kelley said Rosenbaum’s gunshot wound to the chest damaged his lungs and liver and was lethal.

Jurors saw more bloody pictures of bullet entrance wounds to Rosenbaum’s body.

Kelley showed a picture of Rosenbaum’s body on the autopsy table and pointed out an entrance wound to his back.

He testified the fatal shot to Rosenbaum would have been as he was falling.

Kelley said they used video of the shooting with audio to match which bullets struck him and when.

Jurors seemed to take extensive notes during Kelley’s testimony and and explanation of the fatal wounds.

Upon cross-examination, defense attorney Mark Richards asked Kelley to confirm Rosenbaum was not turned around and shot in back, but demonstrated being horizontal and in a lunging position.

Rittenhouse was whispering to his attorney, smiling and shaking his head as attorneys demonstrated the distance between his gun and Rosenbaum.

The discussion revolves around soot found on Rosenbaum’s hand.

The state said it intends to rest its case after lunch break.

The defense objected to no evidence submitted for the curfew violation charge.

Prosecutor Thomas Binger said a detective testified one was in place.

The judge said he would take the objection under advisement.

Witness: James Armstrong

James Armstrong is an evidence examiner at the State Crime Lab in Milwaukee.

He said he enhanced photos and video evidence from the night of the protest shootings.

They went over FBI surveillance plane video which was above the Rosenbaum shooting.

Jurors saw never-before-seen drone video that has been slowed down showing the Rosenbaum shooting.

It shows Rosenbaum going after Rittenhouse in the parking lot.

Armstrong said it also shows Rittenhouse hanging around then taking off.

Video has no sound and was just given to prosecutors last week.

WISN 12’s Hillary Mintz is in the courtroom following the proceedings:

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The trial is expected to last two or three weeks.

If convicted, Rittenhouse faces up to life in prison.



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