Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager accused of fatally shooting two protesters and injuring a third in Wisconsin over the summer, will not be charged with a gun crime in his home state of Illinois, prosecutors said Tuesday.
The 17-year-old remains in prison in Lake County, Illinois, awaiting extradition to Wisconsin, where he faces multiple criminal charges in Kenosha.
A statement from Lake County Attorney’s Office said a police investigation in Antioch found that the firearms used in the Kenosha shooting had been purchased and stored in Wisconsin.
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“There is no evidence that the gun was physically owned by Kyle Rittenhouse in Illinois,”
Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree premeditated murder; a number of reckless first-degree murders; a number of first-degree premeditated murder attempts; two points for reckless threat of the first degree and one for possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18, all crimes.
Prosecutors say he shot dead two protesters in Kenosha and wounded a third on Aug. 25 as demonstrations erupted over a police shooting at Jacob Blake. He was arrested at his home in Antioch a day later.
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Reports to his lawyers from Fox News were not returned.
Rittenhouse’s lawyers are fighting for his extradition to Wisconsin. Last week, they submitted a letter from habeas corpus, arguing that his extradition “would be his transfer to the crowd”. They present their client as someone who acts in self-defense.
He is due to return to court on October 30 for an extradition hearing.