A social media content creator and a police detective were both called to testify Wednesday during day three of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial. Prosecutors also asked the judge to remove a juror in the case.
The third day of the trial, presided by Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder, began just before 9:30 a.m. Wednesday with Koerri Washington taking the stand.
Washington, a social media content creator, testified for approximately an hour on Tuesday and finished his testimony on Wednesday.
Washington had taken video footage of the civil unrest in Kenosha on the night Rittenhouse shot Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz, killing two of them.
Washington, who described what he saw that night, said that Rosenbaum was acting erratic but noted that he “appeared to be operating like everyone else.”
He said that he thought Rittenhouse, like others, seemed nervous that night. “He seemed nervous in the situation. But I suppose a lot of people are nervous. It’s not a slight at him. It’s just a mental note that I made.”
After the defense and prosecutors direct and cross-examined Washington, Kenosha Police Department Detective Martin Howard was called to the stand.
Howard was assigned to the Rittenhouse case just before midnight on August 25, 2020.
Graphic videos showing the shooting of Rosenbaum, Huber and Grosskreutz were played in court for the jury throughout Wednesday’s testimony.
Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger pointed out that Joshua Ziminski fired the first shot heard in the videos.
Howard said that Ziminski walked slowly southbound on Sheridan Road in Kenosha and fired one shot into the air near Car Source.
Howard confirmed that Rittenhouse then fired four shots from his AR-15, striking Rosenbaum four times.
Seconds later, three additional shots, not fired by Rittenhouse, were heard in the area, Howard said.
The video showed Rittenhouse then running down Sheridan Road before shooting Huber and Grosskreutz, who were seen running up to him in the roadway.
The court adjourned Wednesday shortly before 5 p.m. as the defense was cross-examining Howard.
Just before Schroeder adjourned for the day, Binger asked the judge to strike juror seven due to a joke he allegedly made to a deputy after court on Tuesday.
Schroeder said he had not had spoken to the juror about it yet but would discuss the matter Thursday morning.