Kelly Rittenhouse Went back to Kenosha, Wisconsin, Courtroom on Tuesday, where the judge refused to dismiss the weapons charge and weighed in several motions, including a request to allow a self-defense expert to testify. Criminals The trial is set to begin in November.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce Schroeder was expected to consider a number of outstanding moves Tuesday in an effort to establish a final basic rule for the trial. He refused to drop the weapons charge against the Illinois resident, who is accused of killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and injuring Gage Grosskratz during the August 2020 protests in Kenosha.
Rittenhouse’s attorneys wanted the judge to dismiss the allegation that his AR-style semi-automatic rifle was illegal because he was a minor and should be allowed to testify from an expert on police use-enforcement decisions.
Schroeder rejected a proposal to dismiss Count 6, which accused Rittenhaus of possessing a dangerous weapon by a man under the age of 18, but the judge added on Tuesday that the case could be reconsidered. WDJT Reported.
During Tuesday’s hearing, the judge heard from Dr. John Black, a weapons and police use-force expert, who wanted to testify during the defense trial. He was following live streams of videos posted online that showed the events leading up to the opening of the Ritenhouse, Patch Reported.
No decision was made on the expert.
Prosecutors, meanwhile, were seeking permission to release a video of Rittenhaus saying he wanted to shoot some people who stole from the pharmacy to the store 15 days before the protest. Last month, Schroeder said he was inclined to skip.
Schroeder denied both requests on September 23 to send questionnaires to potential judges to investigate bias. The judge wrote in a letter to lawyers that he feared people would not pay them and that the recipients would discuss the matter with family members, friends and colleagues.
The 17-year-old Rittenhouse will stand trial on a number of charges, including first-degree intentional and reckless murder, in connection with the deaths of Huber and Rosenbaum in November, at the time of the August 25, 2020 shooting. Grosskratz is charged with attempted first-degree murder on charges of shooting and injuring.
Civil unrest erupted in Kenosha, including looting and arson, with Jacob Blake, a black man who fired seven shots at Kenosha officer Rustan Sheski, after police responded to his children’s mother’s 911 call on August 23, 2020. Blake was paralyzed.
Blake later admitted that he had a knife in his fight with the authorities – despite media reports and statements from his lawyers, claiming he was unarmed. He also had a criminal warrant for his arrest at the time of the shooting. Until January, the Kenosha County District Attorney announced that no charges would be brought against any of the officers involved in the incident.
Kevin Mathewson, a former Kenosha Alderman who founded a militia group called Kenosha Guards, called on Facebook that “patriots are ready to take up arms and protect our city from evil thugs tonight” and received hundreds of responses from people planning to respond to the riots. Rittenhouse’s lawyers have repeatedly claimed that their client traveled to Antioch, Ilo, Kenosha on the night of August 25, 2020, to save local businesses from rioters and looters.
According to the initial criminal complaint, several videos reviewed by law enforcement show Rittenhouse walking with an AR-15-style long gun in hand, as Rosenbaum, who was unarmed, was chasing him. Rittenhouse shoots Rosenbaum and a local reporter begins to help.
The reporter said Rosenbaum allegedly tried to take Rittenhouse’s gun. Another cellphone video from the scene shows Huber holding a skateboard in his hand and Rittenhouse wrestling on the ground for his gun. Rittenhouse fired a shot, killing Huber. He then “sits up and points his gun” at Grosskratz, who raised his hand and moved in the direction of Rittenhouse. Rittenhouse then shoots him.
The next hearing is set for October 25.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.