Kyle Rittenhouse to appear in court in person for first time after ‘killing two’ during Jacob Blake protests’
KYLE Rittenhouse is scheduled to make his first in-person appearance today at a pretrial hearing after allegedly killing two people during the Jacob Blake protests in Kenosha.
The Illinois teen who allegedly shot dead two men when demonstrations erupted in Wisconsin after Blake was paralyzed by police, will appear before a judge on Friday ahead of his trial in November.
Local reports indicate that court security has been ramped up ahead of the proceedings today for the safety of everyone in attendance, including Rittenhouse, who has been hunkered down in an "undisclosed" safe house.
Due to Covid-19 restrictions, Rittenhouse made all his Kenosha County courthouse appearances via video link since he was charged last August, facing multiple counts of homicide and reckless endangerment.
Prosecutors say the armed then-17-year-old fatally shot two people and wounded a third after traveling from his home in Antioch, Illinois, to Kenosha to guard local businesses, his lawyers say.
After Officer Rusten Sheskey shot Blake, leaving the Black man paralyzed from the waist down, protests, violent riots, and looting exploded in Kenosha.
Shocking footage from the night of August 25, 2020, shows Rittenhouse holding an assault-style rifle and appearing to gun down Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber, who later died, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz.
More videos from cellphone footage posted to social media show Rittenhouse walking past cops with his hands up and the rifle slung over his shoulder.
In the background, protesters can be heard screaming that he shot people.
Several hours later, Rittenhouse turned himself in to police in Antioch, claiming he was attacked by the three men and fired his weapon in self-defense.
His supporters raised $2 million to cover his bail.
Court documents show the teen's Wisconsin attorney, Mark Richards, said his family had to move to an undisclosed safe house due to the death threats.
He reportedly fired his fundraising Los Angeles-based attorney John Pierce back in February
Rittenhouse attended the protests last summer after cops shot Blake – who had a knife – at least seven times after the mother of his child Laquisha Booker called the police and said he took the keys to her rental car.
Officer Rusten Shesky was not charged because prosecutors could not convince a jury that he didn't fear for his life in light of Blake's weapon.
As of January 2021, Blake had undergone 36 surgeries and is confined to a wheelchair, doing physical rehab four days a week.
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