Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, extradited to Wisconsin for fatal shootings of protesters
The teen who traveled across state lines after the shootings will face prosecution where the alleged crimes took place
Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old Illinois resident charged in the shooting death of two protesters, will be extradited in Wisconsin where the crimes took place.
Rittenhouse had previously been detained in a juvenile detention center after being booked for the shootings, according to Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The decision to extradite Rittenhouse came on Friday by Lake County Circuit Judge Paul Novak. Rittenhouse and his legal team requested the court to release him, maintaining the teen acted in self-defense. He was taken to Kenosha County Jail where he will await trial for charges that include first-degree intentional homicide.
After the shooting of Wisconsin resident Jacob Blake by police on Aug. 23, Rittenhouse had traveled from Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha with an AR-15 rifle during the protests. On the night of Aug. 25, he allegedly shot three white protesters, fatally wounding two of them. Part of the shooting incident was caught on video by other protesters.
Rittenhouse was able to return to Illinois before he turned himself in to police in Antioch, two hours after the incident took place.
The two dead protesters were identified as Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26. The third man shot and injured was Gaige Grosskreutz, 26.
New details of prosecutor reports indicate that Rittenhouse had confided in authorities in Wisconsin about his alleged crime. Firefighters on the scene had sought medical treatment for him, and as he was waiting, the report says he told authorities, “I shot two white kids.”
Included in the report is the origin of how Rittenhouse retrieved the weapon. He had an 18-year-old friend who owned the AR-15 rifle and stored the gun in the trunk of his car. The man, who is unnamed, traveled with Rittenhouse to Kenosha and was also armed.
When they returned to Antioch, the man took the gun from Rittenhouse, disassembled it and placed it back into his trunk. The man confirmed to authorities that it was his rifle and it was in his trunk, but he has yet to be charged with any crime.
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