Is Kyle Rittenhouse in jail and where is he now?November 10, 2021
KENOSHA shooting suspect Kyle Rittenhouse has been freed from juvenile detention in Illinois just a few months after he was jailed for the murder of two Black Lives Matter protesters in Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse, who was 17 years old at the time of the shooting, pleaded not guilty to all charges stemming from the August 23, 2020 bloodbath in Kenosha and is free on $2million bail collected mostly from donors.
Where is Kyle Rittenhouse currently jailed?
Kyle Rittenhouse is being held at a juvenile facility in Vernon Hills, Illinois, for allegedly killing two people and injuring one.
Rittenhouse placed a request to waive his presence at an extradition hearing for 30 days as he works to assemble his legal defense team.
A hearing on the status of his extradition has been set for September 25 at 9am.
Why was he arrested?
Rittenhouse is believed to be the suspect who allegedly shot at protesters who had taken the streets to march after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Wisconsin.
He has been arrested by police for first-degree murder after the fatal shooting of two Black Lives Matter protesters in August.
Rittenhouse lives in Antioch, Illinois, but was charged in Kenosha, Wisconsin, and was labeled as a "fugitive of justice," according to local public records.
He faces charges of first-degree intentional homicide.
Police made the arrest after the suspect allegedly fled Wisconsin for his home state following the shooting.
Now 18 years old, Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty to killing Anthony Huber and Joseph D Rosenbaum on January 5, 2021.
He entered the plea via a brief hearing conducted by teleconference on Tuesday.
The teen was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional reckless homicide.
He also faces an additional charge of violation of curfew the night of the shootings.
Rittenhouse told the judge: "I didn't intend to kill them. I intended to stop the people who were attacking me."
The teen also claimed he tried to make his way to the police to turn himself in.
Defense attorney Corey Chirafisi said in court that the defense is making a motion for a mistrial with prejudice.
The judge said he would take the motion under advisement, stating: "There better not be another incident."
Did Trump defend him?
President Donald Trump was asked about Kyle Rittenhouse at a press conference at the White House, during which he claimed it was Rittenhouse who had come under attack in Kenosha during the protests.
He also said that Rittenhouse "probably would have been killed" had he not shot two protesters dead.
When asked about the incident, Trump told reporters: "We're looking at all of it and that was an interesting situation.
"You saw the same tape as I saw and he was trying to get away from them, I guess, it looks like he fell and then they very violently attacked him.
"And it was something that we are looking at right now and it's under investigation.
"But I guess he was in very big trouble, he would've been, he probably would've been killed, but it's under investigation."
A Trump 2020 campaign spokesperson, Tim Murtaugh, also released a statement, saying: “President Trump has repeatedly and consistently condemned all forms of violence and believes we must protect all Americans from chaos and lawlessness.
"This individual had nothing to do with our campaign and we fully support our fantastic law enforcement for their swift action in this case.”
Rittenhouse has been spotted at Trump rallies and had uploaded a clip of him at an Iowa rally in January to his TikTok page.
Who is defending Rittenhouse?
Lawyer L Lin Wood, who has been hired to represent Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, said he co-created the #FightBack foundation to stop "leftists" from "using political power to attack constitutional rights."
The #Fightback Foundation claims to be a legal foundation established to file lawsuits against "left-wing journalists," whom the group claims spreads "fake news" about conservative figures like Covington Catholic student Nick Sandmann.
The foundation is taking donations to fund Rittenhouse’s legal defense team.
Wood announced that a special legal team has been assembled to defend Rittenhouse.
He said he helped launch the foundation with "a mission to protect and defend our Constitution on many fronts."
"Kyle’s defense is one of those fronts," Wood told the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel.
The #FightBack Foundation is the only approved fund for Rittenhouse's legal fees so the lawyers urge anyone who wishes to donate to beware of scams from other sites.
If convicted of intentional homicide, Rittenhouse faces life in prison.
What is the significance of the new footage aired on Tucker Carlson?
On September 22, Fox News host Tucker Carlson aired new footage that Rittenhouse's defense says shows he was acting in self-defense last month when he opened fire in Kenosha.
In the video, Rittenhouse is seen running with a fire extinguisher.
Joseph Rosenbaum, one of the protesters Rittenhouse is accused of killing, "appears to chase after Rittenhouse when a single gunshot is fired."
Rittenhouse fired four gunshots toward Rosenbaum before three more shots were fired by someone else, per Fox News.
Rosenbaum was hit in the head, groin, left thigh, and back.
Carlson said on this show: "Kyle Rittenhouse fired four shots initially that night.
"Another four were fired. We still don't know who fired them, no one else has been arrested or charged."
The video then shows one protester hitting Rittenhouse in the head while another tries to jump on him, pushing the 17-year-old to fire two more shots into the air.
When a protester appears to hit Rittenhouse and try to take his rifle, the 17-year-old is seen shooting the man in the chest.
The footage then appears to show another protester with a handgun aiming at Rittenhouse, who then fires off another round, hitting the demonstrator.
Carlson said: "So that's what happened that night in Kenosha, on camera. You can assess for yourself what you think of it.
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