Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager accused of fatally shot and killed two protesters and injured a third in the summer, will not face a gun crime in his home state of Illinois, prosecutors said Tuesday.
The 17-year-old remains in jail in Lake County, Illinois, pending extradition to Wisconsin, where he faces multiple criminal charges in Kenosha.
A statement from the Lake County Prosecutor’s Office said an Antioch police investigation revealed that the gun used in the Kenosha shootings was purchased and stored in Wisconsin.
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“There is no evidence that Kyle Rittenhouse, Illinois, ever physically owned the gun,”
Rittenhouse is charged with first degree willful murder. a count of reckless first degree murder; a count of attempted first degree murder; two cases of reckless first degree endangerment and one case of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under the age of 18, all crimes.
Prosecutors said he shot and killed two protesters in Kenosha and injured a third on August 25, as demonstrations flared up over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. A day later, he was arrested at his home in Antioch.
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Messages to his attorneys from Fox News were not returned.
Rittenhouse attorneys are fighting his extradition to Wisconsin. Last week they filed a habeas corpus in which they argued that extradition would “mean handing him over to the mob”. You have portrayed your client as someone acting in self-defense.
He will appear in court on October 30 for an extradition hearing.