Roommates, once again, Kenosha, Wisconsin shooter Kyle Rittenhouse has been granted the opportunity to stay at home, despite being charged with a double murder. A judge recently ruled that Rittenhouse can remain free out on bail as he awaits trial in his murder case that took the lives of Kenosha protestors last year.
Kyle Rittenhouse, the 18-year-old accused of fatally shooting two men and wounding a third man during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last August, will remain out on bail, according to a judge’s recent ruling. Prosecutors in the case previously asked for an arrest warrant, as well as a bond increase of $200,000 after alleging Rittenhouse had violated the conditions of his bail by failing to update the court of his current address.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Judge Bruce E. Schroeder denied the motions during a virtual hearing on bail conditions. Schroeder said that while Rittenhouse was in violation of not updating his address, it was not a reason to increase his bail.
He ordered Rittenhouse’s defense team to give the court his new address immediately. From now on, prosecutors will have to go through the sheriff’s office if they want to pursue information on Rittenhouse’s whereabouts, he said. “To cut us out of this information is not appropriate,” argued Thomas Binger, assistant district attorney for Kenosha County, just before the judge firmly ended the court hearing.
Meanwhile, Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, argued his client “is not running, he has not hid.” He added that Rittenhouse has appeared for every hearing as required. Schroeder said he didn’t have the authority to issue an arrest warrant because Rittenhouse didn’t violate Wisconsin law while out on bail.
“I understand the concern,” Schroeder said. “To issue a warrant now for a defendant who’s appeared at every hearing would be breaking the law and I’m not going to do that.” As we previously reported, Kyle Rittenhouse pled not guilty to two felony charges of homicide and a felony attempted homicide charge, and is out on $2 million bail.
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