On Thursday (Feb. 11), a judge declined to issue a new arrest warrant for Kyle Rittenhouse, who fatally shot two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer. Additionally, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder also denied prosecutors’ request to increase the murder suspect’s bail by $200,000.
Earlier this month, prosecutors requested an arrest warrant for Rittenhouse after learning that he no longer lived at his address in Antioch, Illinois. Kenosha detectives visited the home on Feb. 2 and found that someone else lived there and had been renting the place since mid-December, Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said in court filings.
Rittenhouse’s legal team argued that their client had to go into hiding due to threats. After he posted his $2 million bail in November, he went to an undisclosed “safe house.” The Kenosha shooter’s attorneys say they offered to reveal his new address to prosecutors — only if they agreed to keep it sealed. Binger refused the deal, arguing that a murder defendant’s address is public record.
“It is of concern to the defense that any information regarding Kyle’s location being publicly available would result in immediate harm to the Rittenhouse family,” Mark Richards, one of the attorneys who represents the alleged killer, wrote in a filing.
Rittenhouse’s attorneys provided Judge Schroeder with his current address, but Binger said they only shared a post office box. “That is completely unacceptable,” the assistant district attorney wrote in a reply brief.
Last August, Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during protests that emerged following the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot several times in the back by a white Kenosha police officer. He is currently charged with first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of reckless endangerment. Last month, the murder defendant pleaded not guilty to all charges. His trial date is set for March 29.