A court on Friday will decide if Kyle Rittenhouse will be given back the assault-style rifle he used to fatally shoot two men and injure a third in 2020 (Pictures: AP)
A court will decide Friday whether Kyle Rittenhouse will get back the assault-style rifle he used to fatally shoot two men and injure a third during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin in 2020.
A Kenosha County jury acquitted Rittenhouse in November of five counts, including homicide. The 19-year-old said he acted in self-defense when he killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz in August of 2020.
Rittenhouse had used a rifle an older friend had purchased for him because he was 17 at the time and not old enough to legally purchase a firearm himself. The weapon was evidence during his trial, and retained as evidence in a separate case against Dominick Black, who provided Rittenhouse with the gun.
Mark Richards, the teen’s attorney, filed a motion on January 19 asking prosecutors to return his client’s rifle, ammunition, his face mask and other clothing he was wearing the night of the shooting. A spokesperson for Rittenhouse said last week said Rittenhouse wants to destroy the rifle and throw the rest of the items away so nothing can be used as a political symbol or trophy celebrating the shootings.
The shooting drew split opinions on Rittenhouse, with conservatives praising him for defending Kenosha from far-left militants, to liberals calling him a trigger-happy wannabe-cop.
The shooting took place during a night of unrest in Kenosha back in August of 2020, when demonstrators had been taking to the streets for several nights after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake, a black man, in the back as he was resisting an arrest. The shooting left Blake paralyzed from the waist down.
During the unrest, Rittenhouse and his friend, Dominick Black, joined a group of militia members to protect a used car lot.
Bystander and surveillance video shows that just before midnight Rosenbaum chased Rittenhouse down and Rittenhouse shot him as he encroached on him. Rittenhouse then shot Huber after Huber swung a skateboard at his head and Grosskreutz after Grosskreutz ran up to him holding a pistol. Everyone involved in the shooting was white.
The motion hearing was before Judge Bruce Schroeder, the Kenosha County judge who presided over Rittenhouse’s trial.
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