Teen charged in Kenosha killings launched on $2m bond | US & Canada
Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of killing two people in a demonstration in August, was released after attorneys left bail.
Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager accused of fatally shooting two men and injuring a third during a demonstration in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was released on Friday on a $ 2 million bond, several news outlets reported.
The teenager was released after his attorneys left bail on murder and other charges related to the August 25 shootings during a summer of widespread racial justice protests in the United States.
It was unclear where the money was coming from, but his lawyers had taken an initiative to raise the money through donations.
His sister Wendy Rittenhouse has also made media appearances and solicited public donations for his bail.
Rittenhouse, 17, is charged in connection with events that took place days earlier during a demonstration following the fatal shooting of Jacob Blake by a police officer.
The shooting took place amid mass protests in the United States that broke out in Minneapolis police custody following the death of George Floyd.
Rittenhouse was extradited to Wisconsin from neighboring Illinois on October 30 after his attorney’s efforts to block the interstate extradition were denied.
The teen’s attorney, John Pierce, had argued that the charges were politically motivated and that extraditing Rittenhouse to Wisconsin for murder would violate his constitutional rights.
Prosecutors have also accused a friend of Rittenhouse’s illegally providing the teenager with a rifle that he allegedly used in the fatal shootings.
Rittenhouse told the Washington Post Thursday that he had an adult friend buy the rifle with a state stimulus check.
Rittenhouse also told the newspaper that he had no regrets buying the gun.