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Wisconsin Court Sets $2M Bail for Kyle Rittenhouse

A Wisconsin court set bail at $2 million for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of killing protesters in Kenosha, in his first court appearance in the state after being extradited from Illinois, NPR reports. Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting two demonstrators and injuring a third during protests on Aug. 25 after the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot several times at close range by Kenosha police and is now paralyzed. The Illinois teenager, who will be tried as an adult in Wisconsin, faces five criminal charges for allegedly killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz.

During Monday’s Zoom hearing, Rittenhouse’s lawyers argued that because he had allegedly acted in self-defense and has no prior criminal record, the bond should be set at $750,000. Commissioner Loren Keating rejected those arguments. He noted the national network of supporters who have taken up Rittenhouse’s cause and said he considered him a flight risk. Attorneys representing the victims and their families had asked for a bail of $4 million. John Huber said Rittenhouse “has people out there that will help him, militia organizations that can raise money and harbor him.” Give Send Go, a “Christian crowdfunding site,” raised nearly $550,000 to help cover Rittenhouse’s legal fees. The day of the shooting, Rittenhouse drove from his home in Antioch, Il., to Kenosha 20 minutes away, armed with an AR-15 style semi-automatic rifle with a 30-round magazine — a weapon prosecutors charge he was too young to possess. Rittenhouse said  he’d gone to Kenosha as a member of a civilian militia protecting businesses from the vandalism that had broken out after the police shooting of Blake.