MILWAUKEE – Kyle Rittenhouse’s high-profile trial in the fatal shootings of two people during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer will wait a bit longer, as a judge on Wednesday set a new date of Nov. 1.
Rittenhouse, 18, is charged with killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, 26, late on Aug. 25 during protests in Kenosha over the police shooting two days earlier of Jacob Blake, who was left paralyzed.
His lawyers say Rittenhouse acted in lawful self-defense, citing widely seen cellphone videos of the shootings.
Police in Antioch, Illinois, photographed Kyle Rittenhouse after the 17-year-old turned himself in after shooting three people, killing two, during unrest in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020. (Photo: Antioch Police Department)
During a brief pretrial hearing via Zoom on Wednesday, Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder granted the delay that both prosecutors and defense said was necessary in the case. They will meet again in May to see if that proposed schedule still works.
Rittenhouse has been free on bail since Nov. 20, after his former civil lawyer posted $2 million donated by supporters who consider him a patriot or poster boy for the Second Amendment.
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Though prosecutors say Rittenhouse’s address should be part of the public court file, a judge allowed it to be filed under seal after his lawyers argued that continuous threats against him and his family required them to move out of their apartment in Antioch, Illinois, and stay at a “safe house” with security.
Kyle Rittenhouse helps clean the exterior of Reuther Central High School in Kenosha, Wis., on Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020. Rittenhouse, 17, was arrested Wednesday, Aug. 26, after two people were shot to death during protests in Kenosha over the police shooting of Jacob Blake. (Photo: Pat Nabong / Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
A pair of civil rights lawsuits that named Rittenhouse — along with others, including Facebook, as defendants — have since been dismissed.
Behind the scenes, the defense has started conducting public opinion polling in Kenosha County, said Robert Barnes, a Los Angeles lawyer who has taken over being the face of the nontrial defense team.
He said the purpose is to get a feel for whether Rittenhouse can expect to get a fair trial in the county, or if there might be reason to seek a change of venue or a jury pool from another county.
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