EXCLUSIVE DETAILS – Kyle Rittenhouse was back in court Friday morning as his attorneys continued their efforts to keep the 17-year-old in his home state of Illinois rather than extradited to Wisconsin to be tried for murder.
Rittenhouse wore a face mask when he appeared on a video stream for a brief court hearing in Lake County, Illinois, Friday morning, the day after court records argued that moving to Kenosha, Wisconsin, would effectively “turn him over to the mob.”
Judge Paul Novak was scheduled to hold a hearing on the extradition request on October 30, although prosecutors told Novak they were ready to move faster.
“The law is pretty straightforward about that,”
But John Pierce, Rittenhouse’s criminal defense attorney, said there was “no need to rush” and questioned the motivation of Wisconsin prosecutors to pursue the charges.
“This is a very unique, extraordinary situation,” said Pierce. “There is a plethora of video evidence that shows without a doubt that this is not a legitimate prosecution but a political persecution.”
Rittenhouse remains in a prison cell in Illinois.
On Thursday, Rittenhouse attorneys filed a motion for habeas corpus enactment, alleging its safety was at risk and the case did not meet the legal requirements required to move someone from a youth center to an adult facility. The Antioch teenager is accused of fatally shooting two men and injuring a third in the riot in Kenosha in late August. Lawyers have consistently argued that he was acting in self-defense.
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Pierce told Fox News prior to the hearing that he was “extremely concerned” for Rittenhouse’s safety in light of the threats “made to him, his family and his lawyers.”
Adding to that concern is the fact that a former United States Vice President and a sitting United States Senator running for president in arguably the heatedest presidential election, perhaps in American history, have now chosen to use him as political Peasant to falsely claim he is a white supremacist, ”added Pierce. “And to falsely claim that he is one of the people responsible for the arson, looting and rioting in Kenosha and Portland.”
Pierce was referring to a video shared by Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden last month that suggests the teen is a white supremacist.
Wendy Rittenhouse spoke exclusively to Fox News, Rittenhouse’s mother, and was furious when she remembered how she herself came across the video.
“I’m angry. My son is not a white supremacist. He’s not a racist. He’s not in any militia,” she said. “Former Vice President Biden how dare I [he] Use my son for a political ad for his campaign. “
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Rittenhouse turned to police in Antioch, Illinois, and was later charged with reckless first degree murder, reckless first degree endangerment, premeditated first degree murder, and attempted first degree murder, all of which are “use of a dangerous weapon” charges it in the criminal complaint.
Rittenhouse told Fox News that despite reports that she had driven her son to Kenosha the night of the shooting, Kyle had actually worked as a lifeguard in Wisconsin the day before and then stayed overnight with a friend.
The next day, he and his friend cleaned up graffiti in the morning before heading to the area, which had been ravaged by violence and unrest for the past two nights. There they met a business owner who was “desperate” to make sure his business was safe, Pierce said, along with Wendy.
“A past or current employee who happens to be friends of Kyle and his boyfriend was desperate to help protect the remains,” Pierce said, adding, “And of course he had a gun with him because otherwise he would have done it. ” was killed. “
Wendy Rittenhouse, 45, and Pierce insisted the gun belonged to a friend, not Kyle. They said it was never kept in their Antioch home and Kyle only ever used the gun in Wisconsin, Pierce added.
“I didn’t drive Kyle. I didn’t give Kyle that gun, and people want to take it, “she said.” You’re wrong. I didn’t drive my son to Kenosha that night. “
The charges against Rittenhouse stem from a series of alleged shootings on the night of August 25 when Rittenhouse was with a friend in Kenosha and told Daily Caller Richie McGuiness he was there that night to protect a business in whose proximity he was seen. and also “to help people”.
“If someone is injured, I am in danger. That’s why I have my rifle, because of course I have to protect, but I also have my medical kit. “
Shortly after 11:30 p.m., 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber died as a result of the shooting. Gaige Grosskreutz, who allegedly had a pistol in her hand at the time, was wounded but survived.
The criminal complaint relating to Rittenhouse’s arrest, published online, describes how several cell phone videos show that Rittenhouse “is walking southwest across the eastern part of the Car Source parking lot with a long gun…. Rosenbaum, who was not armed, can be seen on a video that runs after him and then throws an object – later identified as a plastic bag – at Rittenhouse, the complaint said.
“The defendant and Rosenbaum continue to move across the parking lot and approach the front of a black car parked in the parking lot,” a second video shows, according to the complaint. “There is a loud bang on the video, then a man shouts’ F — you! ‘Then Rosenbaum seems to get closer to the accused and approaches the accused when 4 more loud benches can be heard. Rosenbaum then falls to the ground. “
Rittenhouse then went up to Rosenbaum before he turned around and ran away and said to someone on the phone, “I just killed someone,” the complaint read. The third and fourth videos show Rittenhouse running after allegedly shooting Rosenbaum while people running after him shout, “Hey, he shot him!” and “Beat him up!” and “Get him!” says the complaint.
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“Then a man in a light-colored top runs towards the defendant and appears to hit the defendant with his right arm,” the complaint said. “This swing makes contact with the defendant and knocks off his hat. The defendant continues to run. “
But when Rittenhouse stumbles and falls, a man “jumps” towards him and over him. At this point, Rittenhouse reportedly fired two shots but didn’t appear to hit the man, police said.
The complaint alleges that Huber, holding a skateboard, then approaches Rittenhouse, “who is still on the ground, on his back”.
When Huber arrives in Rittenhouse, “he appears to be reaching for the defendant’s weapon with his left hand while the skateboard is touching the defendant’s left shoulder,” the complaint reads, adding that Huber is trying to take the weapon aimed at his body.
Rittenhouse “then fires a round that can be heard on the video,” says the complaint. “Huber stumbles away, takes several steps and then falls to the ground.”
The teenager then allegedly sat up and pointed his gun at Grosskreutz, who had “put his hands in the air” when he said Huber had been shot. But when Grosskreutz approached Rittenhouse with a pistol, Rittenhouse shot a single shot and hit him in the right arm.
Rittenhouse attorneys said the teen tried several times to surrender to Kenosha authorities before finally deciding to return home.
Wendy Rittenhouse told Fox News that she had no idea her son was going to be attending the protest and found out when she texted him late Tuesday.
“He came back … to me and said, ‘I’m fine and I’m doing medicine.’ I’m like ‘what?’ “She recalled. She said she woke up shortly afterwards feeling that” something was wrong. “She soon learned that something had happened in Kenosha, although details were unclear, she said.
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“I had to find my son and his sister called everyone,” she said. “I think we have to go somewhere to find him.”
Wendy, a single mother who also has two daughters – one younger and one older than Kyle – left her apartment and drove to Kenosha to find Kyle or his boyfriend. She looked for his friend’s car that she supposedly recognized. But she stayed in the Green Bay area and on Highway 50, away from the riot scene, she said.
“When I got home it was already there,” she said. “I just hugged him and told him I love him. He cried. He was pale. “
Rittenhouse reported to the police in Antioch within 20 to 30 minutes, she said.
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In the weeks since it was shot on August 25, Wendy Rittenhouse said she tried to view all of the footage of the attack.
“I get to the point where the first one chased him to the gas station … And I see this mob chasing my son. The guy who hits my son in the head with a skateboard, ”she said, often sounding like she was holding back tears. “I’m looking at my son’s face … I’m just crying, I had a stomach ache. This mob pursued my son to try to kill him. “
To the best of her knowledge, Wendy said her son had never served as a paramedic at demonstrations before. She said she gave Rittenhouse permission to learn how to use the gun from his friend in Illinois, adding, “If he hadn’t had that gun, he would have been dead.”
She and Pierce vehemently opposed any notion that Rittenhouse was a member of a white supremacy or militia group.
Wendy has since taken leave of her job at a local nursing home. She and her daughters have moved to an unknown location, she said, and that she no longer feels safe at home.
“We can’t even go home. We don’t even have a home because the fear that they would break into my house, kill my daughters, kill me, and if Kyle were there, kill him. “
The Associated Press contributed to this report.