The judge had to pause court proceedings today as Kyle Rittenhouse sobbed uncontrollably discussing the night he fatally shot two men.
Rittenhouse, 18, was just 17 when he shot dead Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a night of protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
The 18-year-old testified that before the shooting, one of the men he shot dead, Rosenbaum, had a “steel chain and a blue mask around his face” and threatened to kill him.
Rittenhouse told the court:
“He screamed ‘if I catch any of you f*ckers alone, I’m going to f*cking kill you. “The second time he said ‘I’m going to cut your f*cking hearts out and kill you N-words.'”
Later, he alleged that Rosenbaum “came out from behind the car and ambushed me”.
Rittenhouse then began sobbing as he told how Rosenbaum and another man, Joshua Ziminski, allegedly cornered him.
The judge then paused the testimony as Rittenhouse and his mother cried uncontrollably.
When the court resumed, attorney Mark Richards asked about the alleged ambush, and Rittenhouse told the attorney he thought he was being attacked.
“As you see him lunging at you, what did you do?”
“I shot him,” Mr Rittenhouse said.
The trial continues.