Kyle Rittenhouse appeared remotely for his extradition hearing on Friday morning (Sept. 25). The 17-year-old is charged with first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide, among others, in the case of two shooting deaths and a shooting injury during a Kenosha, Wisconsin protest last month.
During Friday’s hearing, a judge was expected to decide whether or not Rittenhouse would remain in his home state of Illinois for the remainder of the case or be extradited to Kenosha. According to TMZ, Rittenhouse was able to Zoom conference with the judge on a laptop inside his cell during the hearing, which was provided by his lawyers. However, the hearing was inconclusive, as the judge announced that they would make their extradition decision during Rittenhouse’s next hearing instead, which is set for Oct. 9.
As reported by REVOLT, Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting two protesters and injuring a third during a demonstration that was held on Aug. 25 for Jacob Blake. Video from the night of the rally showed Rittenhouse armed with a semi-automatic rifle and running away saying, “I just shot someone,” after one protester was fatally gunned down.
In a later clip, the teenager was seen being chased down by a mob, which he opened fire on after falling down. Another protester was killed during this shooting and one more was wounded in the arm. After the shootings, Rittenhouse was seen approaching police vehicles with his hands up. However, he wasn’t arrested until the next day across state lines in Illinois.
If convicted of first-degree intentional homicide, Rittenhouse will face a mandatory life sentence. Under Wisconsin law, he would also be tried as an adult.
Rittenhouse’s attorney has not only argued that the shooting was in self-defense, but has also tried to paint the teenage murder suspect as a brave patriot.
“A 17-year-old citizen is being sacrificed by politicians, but it’s not Kyle Rittenhouse they are after,” one of his legal staff said during a video released this week. “Their end game is to strip away the constitutional right of all citizens to defend our communities.”
“Kyle Rittenhouse will go down in American history alongside that brave unknown patriot ... who fired ‘The Shot Heard Round the World,”’ lead attorney John Pierce wrote earlier this month in a since-deleted tweet. “A Second American Revolution against Tyranny has begun.”