CHICAGO – The bail for Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teenager accused of killing two men during protests against a police shootout in Kenosha, Wis., Was set at $ 2 million on Monday as Mr. Rittenhouse was making his first court appearance in Wisconsin.
The father of one of the men who died has urged the court not to allow Mr Rittenhouse’s release, warning he poses a flight risk. “Kyle Rittenhouse believes he is above the law and he was treated as such by law enforcement,” said John Huber, father of Anthony M. Huber, who was killed in the shooting .
Mr Rittenhouse has become a notorious cause for Tories who insist he acted in self-defense, and donations have been made into a legal defense fund on his behalf. Even President Trump suggested shortly after the shooting that Mr. Rittenhouse’s actions were legitimate. “He was trying to get away from them, I guess it looks like,” Mr. Trump said at a press conference in August.
Mr Rittenhouse, 17, has been charged with six counts, including intentional first degree homicide, for the August 25 shooting which left two dead and a third injured. The shooting took place after a clash between demonstrators, who were protesting the shooting of a white policeman on Jacob Blake, a resident of Black Kenosha, and civilians armed with guns who said they had come to the center- town of Kenosha to protect businesses and private property after two nights of fires. , looting and destruction.
Monday afternoon’s hearing took place as Mr. Trump was scheduled to stage a rally at Kenosha Regional Airport on the last day of the campaign before Tuesday’s election. A protest against Mr Trump’s appearance is scheduled for Monday evening outside the Kenosha County courthouse, where protesters demonstrated in August.
Mr Rittenhouse spent nearly two months without bail in an Illinois detention center as his lawyers fought to prevent him from being returned to Wisconsin to face criminal charges.
According to records filed in connection with Mr. Rittenhouse’s arrest, he surrendered to Illinois Police near his home the day after the shooting. Mr Rittenhouse was accompanied by his mother, according to records, and cried at times.
“I shot two white children,” he told police, according to records. Mr Rittenhouse also told police he was “hired to protect Kenosha’s businesses during the riots and must protect himself,” the report said.
Sam Olejcik, owner of an auto repair business near the scene of the original shooting, said he did not hire Mr Rittenhouse to protect his business.
Mr Rittenhouse remained in detention on Monday afternoon as bail had not been paid. If he was to be released, the commissioner of the court overseeing the hearing ordered Mr Rittenhouse not to have contact with the families of the men who had been shot or not to possess a weapon.