Bail For Kyle Rittenhouse, Accused Kenosha Shooter, Set At $2 Million
A Wisconsin court commissioner on Monday set bail at $2 million for Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old accused of killing protesters in Kenosha, in his first court appearance in the state after being extradited from Illinois last week.
Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting two demonstrators and injuring a third during protests on Aug. 25 that followed the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man who was shot several times at close range by Kenosha police and is now paralyzed.
The Illinois teenager, who will be tried as an adult in Wisconsin, faces five criminal charges for allegedly killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz. The charges include first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree reckless homicide and attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
During Monday’s Zoom hearing, Rittenhouse’s lawyers argued that because he had allegedly acted in self-defense and has no prior criminal record, the bond should be set at $750,000. But Court Commissioner Loren Keating rejected those arguments. He noted the national network of supporters who have taken up Rittenhouse’s cause and said he considered him a flight risk.
“As such, the court is going to impose a $2 million cash bond, believing that is reasonable and necessary and sufficient at this juncture to secure the appearance of Mr. Rittenhouse,” Keating said, The Hill reported.
Rittenhouse faces up to life in prison if convicted.
Attorneys representing Rosenbaum’s family and Grosskreutz, as well as Huber’s father, all had asked for an even higher bail of $4 million.