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Teen charged in protest slay­ings posts bail

- Crime · Incidents · Kenosha, WI · Wisconsin · Illinois · Republican Party (United States) · Kenosha County · Antioch, IL · Antioch · Waukesha County · Waukesha, WI

KENOSHA, Wis. — A 17-yearold from Illi­nois charged with killing two peo­ple dur­ing a protest in Wis­con­sin and whose case has be­come a ral­ly­ing cry for some con­ser­va­tives posted $2 mil­lion bail Fri­day and was re­leased from cus­tody.

Kyle Rit­ten­house is ac­cused of fa­tally shoot­ing Joseph Rosen­baum and An­thony Hu­ber and wound­ing Gaige Grosskreut­z at a demon­stra­tion Aug. 25 that fol­lowed the po­lice shoot­ing of Ja­cob Blake in Kenosha.

He posted bond through his at­tor­ney at 2 p.m., Kenosha County Sher­iff’s Sgt. David Wright said.

Rit­ten­house, of An­ti­och, Illi­nois, told po­lice he was at­tacked while he was guard­ing a busi­ness and that he fired in self­de­fense.

He faces mul­ti­ple charges, in­clud­ing in­ten­tional homi­cide, reck­less en­dan­ger­ment and be­ing a mi­nor in pos­ses­sion of a firearm. Wis­con­sin law doesn’t per­mit mi­nors to carry or pos­sess a gun un­less they’re hunt­ing. He is due back in court Dec. 3 for a pre­lim­i­nary hear­ing.

His case has taken on po­lit­i­cal over­tones. Sup­port­ers of the Black Lives Mat­ter move­ment have painted Rit­ten­house as a trig­ger-happy white su­prem­a­cist.

Con­ser­va­tives up­set over prop­erty de­struc­tion dur­ing re­cent protests have por­trayed him as a pa­triot ex­er­cis­ing his right to bear arms dur­ing un­rest. A le­gal de­fense fund for him has at­tracted mil­lions of dol­lars in do­na­tions, and his mother got a stand­ing ova­tion from women at a Wauke­sha County GOP func­tion in September.

Hu­ber’s fa­ther, John Hu­ber, asked Kenosha County Cir­cuit Court Com­mis­sioner Loren Keat­ing dur­ing a hear­ing Nov. 2 to set Rit­ten­house’s bail be­tween $4 mil­lion and $10 mil­lion.

Keat­ing ul­ti­mately set bail at $2 mil­lion, say­ing Rit­ten­house was a flight risk given the se­ri­ous­ness of the charges against him.

 ?? NAM Y. HUH/AP ?? Kyle Rit­ten­house told po­lice he was at­tacked while he was guard­ing a busi­ness and that he fired in self-de­fense.
NAM Y. HUH/AP Kyle Rit­ten­house told po­lice he was at­tacked while he was guard­ing a busi­ness and that he fired in self-de­fense.

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