Witness takes stand in Reisenauer trialA Dickinson teen my have lunged at Michael Reisenauer before being shot in the chest, Kevin McCabe, Reisenauer’s attorney said at his trial Wednesday at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson.
A Dickinson teen my have lunged at Michael Reisenauer before being shot in the chest, Kevin McCabe, Reisenauer’s attorney said at his trial Wednesday at the Stark County Courthouse in Dickinson.
Reisenauer is charged with murder for shooting and killing Kyle Goodbird, 19, at a Dickinson residence in July. Opening arguments at his trial began Monday.
Witnesses say Goodbird was firing Reisenauer’s unloaded gun at people who were in the residence. Reisenauer reportedly got the gun back from Goodbird, who had allegedly been asked several times to leave by multiple people.
Reisenauer reportedly counted down and shot Goodbird.
“I remember him saying, ‘Hurts like (expletive deleted), don’t it?’” witness Daniel Ferrie said about Reisenauer after he shot Goodbird.
McCabe and Jim Hope, Stark County state’s attorney, said witnesses say Goodbird was aggressive the night he was shot.
Reisenauer told authorities Goodbird lunged or jerked toward him just before he shot him.
Dickinson Police Investigator Kylan Klauzer told Reisenauer according to witnesses, it didn’t appear that Goodbird advanced toward him.
“That doesn’t make any sense to me,” Reisenauer said in a video played at the trial. “I was concentrating on what was going on.”
However, McCabe said at least one witness saw lunging.
Ferrie said Goodbird was trying to force people to drink.
A video of police questioning him shortly after the incident showed Ferrie telling officers Goodbird struck him in the head with a beer bottle. However, Ferrie said Wednesday he couldn’t remember for sure if that happened.
There were other discrepancies in details of Ferrie’s story as he told it Wednesday, compared to what he initially said to police.
McCabe and Hope said many inconsistencies in recollections will be found throughout the trial.
Reisenauer said Goodbird was making disturbing comments while he had the gun.
“He said he wanted to know what it was like to kill to man,” Reisenauer said in a video.
Goodbird also told Reisenauer to imagine what it would be like to have a knife to his throat, Reisenauer said. Goodbird also pointed the gun at himself, Reisenauer said.
Ferrie said at first he thought of the shooting as self defense, but has changed his mind.
“I don’t feel I was being defended,” Ferrie said.
There were other alternatives that could have been considered and shooting Goodbird should have been the last option, Ferrie said.
“We could have called the police,” Ferrie said. “We could’ve dragged him outside. We could have done a number of things.”
The trial continues at 9 a.m. today at the Stark County Courthouse.