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Pathologist: Rittenhouse shot first man at close range

Kyle Rittenhouse sits with his attorneys after a lunch break and waits for proceedings to start at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2021. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and wounding a third during a protest over police brutality in Kenosha, last year.

KENOSHA, Wis. — A forensic pathologist says the first man killed by Kyle Rittenhouse during a night of turbulent protests in Kenosha was shot at close range of just a few feet and had soot injuries that could indicate he had his hand over the barrel of Rittenhouse’s gun.

But Dr. Doug Kelley from the Milwaukee County medical examiner’s office testified Tuesday that it was unclear from video footage whether Joseph Rosenbaum was grabbing for Rittenhouse’s gun or trying to swat it away.

His testimony came after the jury at Rittenhouse’s murder trial watched drone video that showed Rittenhouse wheeling around and shooting Rosenbaum at close range.

The 18-year-old Rittenhouse faces life in prison if convicted on the most serious charge.

Associated Press

Associated Press

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