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Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, is ordered to stand trial for murder over shooting deaths of protesters in Kenosha - after his lawyer failed to convince commissioner there was not enough evidence to proceed with the case

 Kyle Rittenhouse has been ordered to stand trial over the shooting of three Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin. 

The decision was handed down Thursday, following a contentious hearing conducted over Zoom, during which the 17-year-old's lawyer tried to show he had acted in self-defense.

However, Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren Keating  determined that there was enough probable cause for the case to proceed to a trial. 

Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, has been charged with homicide and attempted homicide over the August 25 fatal shootings of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz. 

The incidents occurred during a night of civil unrest in Kenosha, which was  sparked by the police shooting of black man, Jacob Blake. 

Rittenhouse told police he was attacked while guarding someone's business and that he fired in self-defense. 

He was freed from jail last month after posting $2 million bond, with most of the money raised through a legal defense fund set up by conservatives who view him as a patriot who was protecting other people´s property.

Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement have painted Rittenhouse as a trigger-happy white supremacist who was crossed state lines from Illinois to Wisconsin to deliberately provoke a response. 

Rittenhouse appeared alongside his attorney, Mark Richards, during the hearing, which was conducted via Zoom

Rittenhouse appeared alongside his attorney, Mark Richards, during the hearing, which was conducted via Zoom  

In this August  25, 2020, file photo, Rittenhouse is seen walking in Kenosha with another armed civilian.  Rittenhouse was among a number of armed men who converged on the city this summer, claiming to protect property owners from arson and theft amid Black Lives Matter protests

In this August  25, 2020, file photo, Rittenhouse is seen walking in Kenosha with another armed civilian.  Rittenhouse was among a number of armed men who converged on the city this summer, claiming to protect property owners from arson and theft amid Black Lives Matter protests 

Joseph Rosenbaum
Anthony Huber

Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree intentional homicide in the killing of two protesters: Joseph Rosenbaum (left) and Anthony Huber (right)

During the hearing, Rittenhouse's attorney, Mark Richards, showed several screenshots from videos that were recorded on the night of the shootings to try to show that his client acted in self-defense.  

One photo showed Rittenhouse running from another protester who had a gun, and another featured Rittenhouse on the ground as Huber struck him with a skateboard.


Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger objected to Richards' argument.  

'What happened before this incident ... does not go to the probable cause as to whether or not the defendant committed a felony, and I object to the relevance of this,' he stated. 

Binger said the evidence shows a felony was committed, but Richards disagreed, saying 'the government can go off on their chaotic quest, but the evidence is clear.' 

Rittenhouse is seen during the Zoom hearing in the panel on the top row second from left with his lawyer Mark Richards

 Rittenhouse is seen during the Zoom hearing in the panel on the top row second from left with his lawyer Mark Richards 

Video shows that Rittenhouse tripped in the street before 26-year-old Anthony Huber hit him with a skateboard and tried to take his rifle away. Rittenhouse opened fire, killing Huber

Video shows that Rittenhouse tripped in the street before 26-year-old Anthony Huber hit him with a skateboard and tried to take his rifle away. Rittenhouse opened fire, killing Huber 

Rittenhouse then shot and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was holding a handgun at the time, as he approached the teenager

Rittenhouse then shot and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was holding a handgun at the time, as he approached the teenager

Rittenhouse's lawyer releases footage of first fatal shooting
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In addition to the homicide and attempted homicide charges, Rittenhouse has also been charged with two counts of first degree reckless endangerment and possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor.

Keating denied a defense request to dismiss several of those charges. He ordered Rittenhouse to stand trial on all six counts.  

His arraignment is scheduled for January 5.

2 comments:

  1. teaching your kid honor respect and fair play is setting him up to
    fail,never give a sucker an even break or as the Buda said,learn
    their laws so you can be creative when you have to break them.

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  2. The visual evidence is clear and conclusive. This thing that is called a Commissioner? What kind of psychotic drugs are you on, Loren? What is wrong with you? Are you stupid? Are you retarded? Are you willfully ignorant? Or are you just evil?

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