Prosecution witness admits pointing gun at Rittenhouse before he was shot

Prosecutors in the murder trial of Illinois teenager Kyle Rittenhouse were dealt a serious blow on Monday after alleged victim Gaige Grosskreutz admitted that he pointed a gun at Rittenhouse before he was shot by him. 

As Breitbart explained, Rittenhouse wounded Grosskreutz and killed two other men in a violent riot that engulfed Kenosha, Wisconsin last year following the police-involved shooting of Jacob Blake.

Attorneys for Rittenhouse say video evidence shows their client was acting in self-defense, a position that Grosskreutz’s testimony appears to corroborate.

The admission came as Grosskreutz was being confronted with video footage and still images by defense attorney Corey Chirafisi during a cross-examination. “It wasn’t until you pointed your gun at him, advanced on him, with your gun — now your hand’s down — pointed at him, that — that he fired, correct?” Chirafisi asked, to which Grosskreutz replied, “Correct.”

Convenient omission

Grosskreutz had earlier denied that he had been chasing Rittenhouse despite multiple videos which appeared to show him doing exactly that.

In response, Chirafisi went after Grosskreutz’s credibility by pointing out that he initially told law enforcement he had lost his weapon prior to approaching Rittenhouse.

“You omitted the fact (to police) that you ran up on him and had a Glock pistol in your hand?” Racine’s Journal Times quoted him as saying.

Grosskreutz attempted to account for the discrepancy by stressing that he was “was on pain meds” when he made the statement had had just gone through a “traumatic experience.”

Prosecutor shaken

Chirafisi then pointed out how those factors had somehow not prevented Grosskreutz from accurately describing other events from the evening.

Grosskreutz’s statements come in the wake of last week’s testimony from Daily Caller reporter Richie McGinniss, who described at the time how Rittenhouse shot Joseph Rosenbaum after he lunged for a rifle the defendant was holding.

Breitbart writer Joel B. Pollak observed that Grosskreutz apparently had a depressive effect on Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger, who “appeared to rest his forehead on his left hand, almost despondent, as he composed a message on his phone with his right.”

Clearly, the Rittenhouse trial just took a wild new turn that will make prosecuting the young man extremely difficult, if not impossible at this point.

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