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Kyle Rittenhouse, 17, was accused of shooting two men and killing a third in a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin. After Lake County Judge Paul Novak ruled, he was extradited from Illinois to Wisconsin.
According to the Associated Press, Novak rejected Rittenhouse’s request to stay in Illinois and pointed out that the Department of Defense blamed these allegations on political motives. Novak’s ruling stated: “The Illinois court shall not review any potential political influence that the Wisconsin District Attorney may consider in its prosecution decision.
Until Friday, Rittenhouse has been held in Lake County, Illinois, which borders Kenosha, and the shooting occurred on August 25. He is now in Wisconsin and will face life imprisonment if he is convicted of the most serious crime, the first degree of intentional homicide. . Rittenhouse was also charged with intentional homicide and possession of a gun by a minor.
Rittenhouse’s lawyer John Pierce tried to prevent him from moving to Wisconsin, citing improper extradition documents. The prosecution insisted that the paperwork was organized. Lake County Assistant State Attorney Stephen Scheller (Stephen Scheller) said that if someone crosses the state line to accept asylum after committing a crime, it will be chaos.
The defense also claimed that Rittenhouse was in self-defense and allegedly killed 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum in Kenosha after Rosenbaum tried to take the rifle away.
Shortly thereafter, Rittenhouse was approached by other demonstrators, then tripped and fell. According to ground personnel, when on the ground, 26-year-old Anthony Huber from neighboring Silver Lake attacked Rittenhouse with a skateboard and tried to take the rifle away. Associated Press.Rittenhouse shot Huber, killed him, and wounded another protester, Geiger Grosscruz of West Allis, Wisconsin., Who owns a pistol.
After the incident, Rittenhouse returned to his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, less than 20 miles from Kenosha, and was arrested the next day, August 26.
Dustin Jones is an intern at NPR News Channel.