An Illinois judge Friday ordered local teen Kyle Rittenhouse – who is charged in the shooting deaths of two protesters in Kenosha, Wisc. – to be extradited across the border to stand trial on homicide charges.
Lake County Circuit Court Paul Novak denied the 17-year-old suspect’s request for release and ruled that his claims of self-defense in connection with the Aug. 25 incident must be raised in a Wisconsin court.
Rittenhouse had appeared in court hours earlier for an extradition hearing, where his lawyers argued for his release. The judge then released his written decision.
During the hearing, Rittenhouse’s lawyers did not call any witnesses, even though they indicated that they may call upon his mother and four experts, including a lawyer who specializes in self-defense cases, to eventually testify.
Rittenhouse’s lawyers alleged technical errors in the paperwork behind their teen’s detention in Illinois.
The Lake County state’s attorney countered that the paperwork was in order and that Rittenhouse should be extradited to Wisconsin.
Shortly after Novak’s ruling, Lake County sheriff’s deputies drove Rittenhouse to the border and handed him over to deputies from the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department, the Chicago Tribune reported, citing Sgt. Christopher Covelli of the Lake County Sheriff’s Office.
Rittenhouse of Antioch, Ill., was charged by Wisconsin prosecutors with six criminal counts — including first-degree intentional homicide and attempted homicide – for shooting dead two Black Lives Matter protesters in Kenosha and injuring a third person.
The shooting unfolded amid the chaos after the August police shooting of 29-year-old Jacob Blake in Kenosha.
Lawyers for Rittenhouse have repeatedly argued that the teen acted in self-defense.
After the judge’s ruling Friday, John Pierce, a lawyer representing Rittenhouse, denounced the decision.
“While we have great respect for Judge Novak, we obviously and strongly disagree with today’s decision,” Pierce wrote in a tweet.
“We will be filing his notice of appeal immediately and pursuing Kyle’s righteous cause with swiftness and vigor in the Illinois Court of Appeal. We will never surrender. Kyle will be set free and cleared of all charges,” Pierce wrote.
In another tweet, Pierce added that his client, “is grateful to you all and asks for your continued prayers. God Bless Kyle Rittenhouse and the USA.”
With Post wires
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