Rittenhouse Will Stand Trial on All Charges
Court Commissioner finds probable cause for all changes against the teenager.
An Illinois teen accused of killing two men and wounding a third at an August protest in Kenosha will face trial.
Rittenhouse is charged with five felonies, including first-degree intentional homicide. On Thursday, Keating declined the defense’s request to drop counts related to possession of a dangerous weapon by a minor and recklessly endangering safety.
Rittenhouse was charged with the latter count after police said he fired his weapon near a journalist during the Aug. 25 protest. His attorney argued the journalist wasn’t in danger, but Keating wasn’t so sure.
But he says the issue of whether it was done in self-defense is a matter for trial.
The Antioch, Illinois, teenager is currently free on $2 million bail.
Rittenhouse appeared Thursday from the office of his attorney Mark Richards. During the proceedings, Richards indicated through his line of questioning that self-defense is likely to play a central role in his argument at Rittenhouse’s trial.
An arraignment is scheduled for Jan. 5, 2021.
The August protest took place in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, were killed, while Gaige Grosskreutz was shot in the arm. Grosskreutz survived.
Rittenhouse Will Stand Trial After Judge Finds Probable Cause In Kenosha Shooting Case was originally published by Wisconsin Public Radio.
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