The trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the man who fatally shot two people and mutilated a third in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last summer, is being postponed for seven months, a judge ruled Wednesday. Originally scheduled for March 29th, the process is now scheduled to begin on November 1st.
Mr. Rittenhouse, who turned 18 late last year, is charged with first degree willful murder and reckless first degree murder of Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum. He is also charged with attempted first-degree murder because he shot and injured Gaige Grosskreutz.
Additional fees include possession of a dangerous weapon under the age of 18 and reckless endangerment.
Kenosha District Attorney Thomas Binger, a Democrat, said his office and Rittenhouse attorney Mark Richards were unwilling to begin the trial earlier.
Postponing a status hearing will allow us to know better whether we are ready or not. . . It will also give us time to make sure that witnesses are available and that all lawyers are available, ”Binger said.
Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder granted the status hearing and the new trial date: “This case is getting older, but we will likely get a year from the time you were charged. . . It’s the day you were charged, ”he said to Mr. Rittenhouse, who attended the virtual hearing through Zoom. “Do you have a problem with the extension?”
Mr. Rittenhouse replied that he did not.
In a previous hearing, Mr Richards argued that Mr Rittenhouse was at risk from people who followed him on foot that night, including the three people he shot with a rifle he bought earlier that year. They include a person who was caught on a video called Richards “Jump Kick Man,” which he said knocked Mr. Rittenhouse to the ground. The man was never identified.
Mr Binger rejected this argument and described the then 17-year-old Mr Rittenhouse in the past as inconsiderate and said he was “on the hunt for people”. Mr. Rittenhouse obtained the gun through a friend, Dominick Black, who bought it for him in May and kept it in his stepfather’s house.
Mr. Black is charged with two intentions of selling a dangerous weapon to a person under the age of 18.
Mr. Rittenhouse, who lived in Illinois, was unable to purchase the gun because it is illegal for anyone under the age of 21 to own it in Illinois unless they obtain written consent from a parent or guardian.
Mr Rittenhouse was released from prison in late November after depositing a $ 2 million (£ 1.4 million) bond, raised mainly by far-right groups. He lives in an unknown place with his family.