KYLE Rittenhouse will stand trial for murder after the shootings of three Black Lives Matter protesters in August, a court has ruled.
Kyle Rittenhouse will stand trial over the shootings of three BLM protesters in August, a court has ruledCredit: Reuters
Rittenhouse seen holding a rifle on the night of the shootingCredit: AP:Associated Press
Rittenhouse kneels with his rifle while a person lies injured on the groundCredit: Getty Images – Getty
Kenosha County Court Commissioner Loren Keating ruled yesterday that there was enough evidence for Rittenhouse to stand trial on charges of homicide.
She also rejected an attempt by Rittenhouse’s lawyer to have two charges – one for possession of a firearm by a minor and one of two for reckless endangerment – dropped.
Rittenhouse was released from police custody last month after supporters were able to raise a $2million bond.
He appeared yesterday in court remotely from his lawyer’s office, but did not enter a plea or saying anything during the hearing.
Rittenhouse is accused of shooting dead Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and of wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, 22 on August 25.
He will be tried for first-degree intentional homicide for Rosenbaum’s death, first-degree reckless homicide for Huber’s, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide for the shooting of Grosskreutz.
His lawyers claim he acted in self defence.
On the night of the shooting, Rittenhouse travelled to Wisconsin to take part in vigilante patrols whose organisers claimed were intended to protect the city from unrest and looting.
The days previous had seen widespread protest sparked by a viral video showing police shooting 29-year-old African American Jacob Blake seven times in the back after he reportedly resisted arrest.
Footage showed Rittenhouse appearing to shoot Rosenbaum following a confrontation, then shooting Huber and Grosskreutz as they alter tried to subdue him.
His attorneys claim he gone to the city to fulfil a “patriotic and civil duty… during a destructive insurrection.”
Speaking to the Washington Post before his release, he was asked whether he regretted carrying a gun on the night of the shootings.
“No, I don’t,” he said.
“I feel I had to protect myself. I would have died that night if I didn’t.
“I was going into a place where people had guns. And God forbid, somebody brought a gun to me and decided to shoot me.
“I wanted to be protected, which I ended up having to protect myself. “
Rittenhouse is due to be arraigned at the Kenosha County Circuit Court on January 5.
If convicted of intentional homicide, he faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.
Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, was one of two people killed on the night of the shootingsCredit: Refer to Caption
Anthony Huber, 26, was also killed
Rittenhouse claims he acted in self defenceCredit: AP:Associated Press
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