A news video director testified during day four of the Kyle Rittenhouse trial that the first man Rittenhouse shot had lunged towards Rittenhouse’s rifle.
On Wednesday, prosecutors asked Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce E. Schroeder to remove a juror after he reportedly made a joke to a deputy.
Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said the joke was along the lines of, “Why did the Kenosha Police shoot Jacob Blake seven times? Because they ran out of bullets.”
The juror acknowledged he made the joke and refused to repeat it to Schroeder.
“It is clear that the appearance of bias is present and it would seriously undermine the outcome of the case. That in itself would be sufficient cause for discharge,” Schroeder said.
Juror #7 was dismissed by Schroeder around 9:15 a.m. Thursday. 19 jurors remain.
Kenosha Police Department Detective Martin Howard resumed his testimony from Wednesday.
Howard was assigned to the Rittenhouse case just before midnight on August 25, 2020.
Several videos, including a video from an FBI surveillance plane, were shown to the jury during Howard’s testimony.
Richie McGinniss, the video director for The Daily Caller, was called to the stand to testify.
McGinniss was a reporter who was covering the events on August 25, 2020. He also interviewed Kyle Rittenhouse.
The count of first-degree recklessly endangering safety relates directly to McGinniss because prosecutors allege Rittenhouse almost hit McGinniss when he shot Joseph Rosenbaum.
McGinniss testified about the dangerous and escalating situations he and other reporters experienced while he was reporting the events.
“Anytime that there were guns, that elevates the level of danger in my mind,” McGinniss said.
McGinniss said Rittenhouse told him he was an adult before conducting an interview.
He said if he would have known Rittenhouse was 17, he would not have conducted an interview without his parent’s permission.
In the interview, Rittenhouse told McGinniss that he was protecting businesses and giving medical aid to others.
“So if people are getting injured, and our job is to protect this business and part of my job is to also help people. If there’s somebody hurt, I’m running into harm’s way. That’s why I have my rifle because I need to protect myself obviously, but I also have my med kit,” Rittenhouse told McGinnis.
McGinniss continued to testify about what he experienced and documented during the events.
When describing the shooting of Joseph Rosenbaum, McGinniss said Rosenbaum lunged for Rittenhouse’s rifle.
“I think it was very clear to me that he [Rosenbaum] was reaching specifically for the weapon,” McGinniss said.
After McGinniss’s testimony, Ryan Balch was called to the stand.
Balch is an army veteran who was with Rittenhouse and he said he went to Kenosha to protect businesses.
Balch described Rittenhouse as a “young and impressionable kid” that appeared “under-equipped” and “under-experienced.”
Balch testified that Rosenbaum was acting violently and “hyper-aggressive” that night.
Binger told Schroeder that he plans on having Gaige Grosskreutz, one of the men Rittenhouse shot, testify on Monday.