Kenosha shooting Kyle Rittenhouse extradited to Wisconsin
Kyle Rittenhouse, an Illinois teenager accused of fatally shooting two men and wounding one-third during protests, was extradited to Wisconsin following a judge's ruling Friday.
Judge Paul Novak of Lake County, Illinois, said in the ruling allowing his extradition that matters filed by Rittenhouse 's lawyers such as their client's safety may be brought up in Wisconsin hearings.
Rittenhouse is now detained in Kenosha County Jail, Department Sgt. David Wright said.
Rittenhouse, 17, faces charges that he allegedly killed Anthony M. Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz in protest at Jacob Blake's police shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin on August 25.
He faces one count of first-degree intentional homicide, one count of first-degree reckless homicide, one count of first-degree intentional homicide attempt, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, and one count of a person under 18 possessing a dangerous weapon.
If convicted of the intentional murder charge, he could be sentenced to life imprisonment.
Rittenhouse 's attorneys did not respond to CNN's Friday afternoon request for comment.
One of his lawyers, John Pierce, tweeted they would appeal.
"While we have great respect for Judge Novak, we clearly and strongly disagree with today's decision. Kyle has an absolute statutory right to appeal the refusal of his habeas corpus petition under 725 ILCS 225/10," Pierce wrote. "We will never surrender. Kyle will be released from all charges."
Rittenhouse 's lawyers maintained that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense when opening fire.
Rittenhouse was arrested in his home state of Illinois and held in a juvenile detention center in Vernon Hills since late August without bond.
Earlier this month, Rittenhouse 's lawyers filed a petition for habeas corpus, arguing that "extrading Rittenhouse would be turning him over to the mob." Habeas corpus is used to bring a prisoner or detainee to court to determine whether the person's imprisonment or detention is lawful.
People threatened the teen's life, and "encouraged fellow inmates to kill Rittenhouse and offered bounties," Pierce and Michael Baker wrote in the petition.
During the hearing, Pierce called the case "a very unique, extraordinary situation" and said that there is a "massive amount of video evidence showing that there is beyond a shadow of doubt that this is not a legitimate criminal prosecution."
At the time, Mike Nerheim, attorney for the Lake County state, told reporters that his office 's position is that Rittenhouse should be tried in Kenosha and that if he is extradited, there would be no elevated danger.
"I don't know he's in more or less danger than he'd be there," Nerheim said, adding threats were made while Rittenhouse was in custody.