Rittenhouse, who is white, traveled to Kenosha from his house in Antioch, Illinois, on Aug. 25 to remedy a call from neighborhood militia to secure firms from protesters. The demonstrations commenced immediately after a white Kenosha police officer shot Jacob Blake, who is Black, for the duration of a domestic disturbance, leaving Blake paralyzed from the midsection down.
The protests turned chaotic that night. According to prosecutors, Rittenhouse opened hearth on Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz. He killed Rosenbaum and Huber. Grosskreutz was hit but survived.
Rittenhouse was 17 several years old at the time. Now 18, he maintains he fired in self-defense but prosecutors have billed him with a litany of counts, including reckless murder, recklessly endangering protection, tried very first-diploma intentional murder and remaining a minor in possession of a dangerous weapon.
Black Lives Issue supports have painted him as a set off-content white supremacist. Conservatives have created him into a image for gun rights, generating $2 million for his bail. His trial is scheduled to begin Nov. 1.
Prosecutors submitted motions final week inquiring a decide to allow for a video clip from July 2020 which they stated reveals Rittenhouse placing a teenage woman in the back on Kenosha’s waterfront. They also want to argue that Rittenhouse is affiliated with the Proud Boys, a considerably-suitable extremist group.
Shots taken in January exhibit Rittenhouse ingesting in a Mount Enjoyable bar and gesturing with what appeared to be a white electrical power symbol. Prosecutors reported in their motions they have figured out the individuals Rittenhouse was with provided the leader of the Happy Boys’ Wisconsin chapter and several of its superior-ranking associates.
Richards filed one more movement on Thursday arguing proof linked to the altercation between Rittenhouse and the teenage female is irrelevant.
He also argued that you will find no indication Rittenhouse knew any of the Very pleased Boys ahead of that night time in the bar or that he has associated with the team. What is actually extra, practically nothing supports the argument that race was a element in the shootings, Richards reported.
Huber and Grosskreutz were being component of a “mob” that was chasing Rittenhouse, Richards wrote in the movement. Huber strike Rittenhouse with a skateboard and tried to get his gun, and Grosskreutz pointed a pistol at him, Richards wrote.
Kenosha County Circuit Decide Bruce Schroeder has scheduled a hearing on the motions for Sept. 17.