Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse was ordered held on $2 million cash bail Monday during his first court appearance on homicide charges in the Wisconsin city.
Judge Loren Keating ruled that Rittenhouse, who fled to his home in Illinois after the fatal shooting of two protesters, represented a serious flight risk.
“The charges are incredibly serious and again, if a conviction occurs there would be a likelihood of an imposition of a mandatory life sentence or at least significant amounts of time, likely decades of a period of incarceration,” the judge said. “I believe that there’s a reasonable basis to flee.”
The live-streamed court appearance marked the first time the teen was in Kenosha since the Aug. 25 protest where he’s accused of gunning down protesters Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and injuring Gaige Grosskreutz, 22.
The teen’s lawyers claim he acted in self-defense.
Grosskreutz and relatives of the two dead men were among those taking part in the hearing.
“Kyle Rittenhouse thinks he’s above the law,” Huber’s father, John Huber, told the judge. “He’s been created as such by law enforcement. He believes he’s justified in this case and for him to run wouldn’t surprise me.”
“This defense, self-defense, that is impossible,” Huber added. “I don’t know what part of the video you watched.”
Huber had asked the judge set bail for the teenager as high as $10 million.
Rittenhouse, who wore an orange mask and dark shirt, only spoke five times to acknowledge the judge’s questions.
His lawyer, Mark Richards, argued for $750,000 bail and defended his client’s actions.
“The self-defense claim, in this case is overwhelming,” Richards said. “In reality, who struck my client first? Who attacked my client first? Mr. Rosenbaum, the deceased.”
“My client is running down toward the police lines when he’s attacked by a mob,” he said. “We’re not talking about demonstrators, we’re talking about rioters who had ill intent in their hearts and unfortunately they came in second.”
The teenager was part of an armed militia group in Kenosha that said it was there to protect businesses from looters who had rioted in the city following the Aug. 23 shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man shot in the back by police during a domestic disturbance.
Rittenhouse opened fire when he was confronted by protesters, and fired again as he tried to flee while being pursued.
Rittenhouse appeared to be surrendering to a convoy of police vehicles afterwards, but the cops rolled past him and he went home to Illinois, where he was charged and held pending his return to Kenosha.
Records released during Friday’s extradition hearing in Illinois say that the teenager sobbed and vomited as he told cops, “I shot two white kids.”
He appeared in court on Friday in Antioch, Illinois, and was extradited to Wisconsin, where he faces homicide charges in Kenosha.
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