Kyle Rittenhouse, guilty of murdering, Freed on $2 Million Bail
The 17-year-old was caught amid demonstrations in Kenosha, Wis., over Jacob Blake's police shooting on camera.
Kyle Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old who was caught on camera shooting three protesters during demonstrations in Kenosha, Wis., August and charged with murdering two, was released from prison after $2 million in bail, the sheriff said.
Kenosha County Sheriff David Beth said Mr. Rittenhouse was released Friday afternoon. Mr. Rittenhouse's counsel said the teen backers collected the money needed to secure his release while he faces trial. Ricky Schroder, an actor, and Mike Lindell, MyPillow's chief executive who is also President Trump's ally, made contributions "over the top," the prosecutor, L. Lin Timber, twittered.
Mr. Rittenhouse, white, has been a polarizing figure since August's shooting. He became a hero to some libertarians, who said he was behaving in self-defense, attempting to defend the city from devastation by walking the streets with a rifle in military style. Protests shocked the city after a police officer shot Jacob Blake, a Black man 29, in the back.
Mr. Rittenhouse shot three people, two of whom died: Anthony M. Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum. He was charged with six felonies, including two first-degree deliberate murder charges.
Mr. Rittenhouse told The Washington Post this week that he didn't regret taking the weapon to protest, and that he had an adult friend to purchase the weapon for him after giving the friend money from a government stimulus check.
"I feel I must protect myself," he said. "I'd die that night if I didn't."
Mr. Huber's father had asked a bail hearing judge earlier this month to retain Mr. Rittenhouse in prison pending sentencing, claiming he claimed Mr. Rittenhouse saw himself as above the law." Mr. Rittenhouse had been held in Illinois jail where he lived for about two months when his attorneys battled unsuccessfully to prevent him from being extradited to Wisconsin where he could be charged.