Kyle Rittenhouse won't face charges in IL related to Kenosha protest shootings

Clay Curtis
October 16, 2020

Accused Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse will not be charged in his home state of IL, prosecutors announced Tuesday.

"Additionally, there is no evidence the gun was ever physically possessed by Kyle Rittenhouse in IL", the state's attorney's office added. Prosecutors charged Rittenhouse, 17, from IL, in the fatal shooting of two protesters and the wounding of a third during a night of unrest after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Prosecutors with the Lake County State's Attorney's Office announced the development on Tuesday after they said an investigation confirmed the rifle used in the Kenosha protest shooting was both bought and stored in Wisconsin.

Given this development, Rittenhouse will not be charged in IL.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY Network, has sued to obtain records of Rittenhouse's arrest in IL.

According to a criminal complaint, detectives with the Kenosha Police Department were assigned to investigate the fatal shootings of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber by 17-year-old Rittenhouse, who was charged with homicide last month.

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Rittenhouse is scheduled to appear in Lake County court on October 30 for an extradition hearing.

Lin Wood, one of Rittenhouse's attorneys, said in a tweet that Rittenhouse did not possess the gun in IL.

He now is held without bail at the Minard E. Hulse Juvenile Detention Center near Vernon Hills while his attorneys fight his extradition to Wisconsin.

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The Lake County statement did not provide any details about who may have possessed the gun or where it now is.

Wood said video footage of the incident proves his client acted in self-defense. He may also be charged with the misdemeanor of underage firearm possession for having a semi-automatic rifle. The gun never left the State of Wisconsin. It said prosecutors - not Antioch police - would release any additional information "as to not disrupt any investigation that may be taking place in Wisconsin".

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