Kyle Rittenhouse, a teenager in Illinois accused of fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was released from Kenosha County jail on Monday after issuing $ 2 million in bonds, according to authorities.
The Rittenhouse bond was published at 2 p.m. on Friday, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office.
On a tweet Friday, Rittenhouse’s attorney Lynn Wood said, “God bless EVERYONE who donated to help #FightBack raise a $ 2 million bail.”
Wood also called on actor Ricky Schroeder and Mike Lindell, MyPillow’s CEO, for “putting us on top.”
Later that evening, Wood posted a photo of Rittenhouse on Twitter with John Pierce, another lawyer representing the teenager, and Schroeder.
“Thank you, all donors. Thank you, all patriots. Thank God Almighty,” he tweeted.
Kenosha County prosecutors have accused Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a protest over a police shooting in August. He has also been charged with injuring a third man, Gaig Grossroitz.
Rittenhouse faces a number of points, including premeditated murder and illegal possession of a gun. His lawyers claim he acted in self-defense. The case was a rallying point for conservatives upset by the destruction of property during protests across the country this year.
Rittenhouse turned himself in to Antioch police the morning after the shooting. He was later extradited to Wisconsin and his bail was set at $ 2 million.
Prosecutors accused Dominic Black, 19, of Kenosha, of delivering the gun used in the shooting.
In a video obtained by the Antioch Police Department, Black told police what he claimed Rittenhouse had told him during the shooting.
Black told police that Rittenhouse said he fired because people were attacking him and would kill him.
“He said with a skateboard and then pieces of wood,” Black said.
Faith’s 17-year-old sister was in the same police station just hours after the shooting.
“He was crying, he said I had to shoot,” she said.
Rittenhouse spoke publicly in his first interview since his arrest earlier this week.
In a telephone interview with the Washington Post, Rittenhouse revealed that the gun he used in the shooting was purchased with money obtained from an unemployment check during the coronavirus pandemic. The 17-year-old Rittenhouse could not legally buy the weapon himself, so he gave the money to a friend to buy it, according to reports from Rittenhouse and the police.
“I got $ 1,200 from unemployment from a coronavirus in Illinois because I was working for the YMCA and I got my first unemployment check, so I said, ‘Oh, I’m going to use it to buy it,'” he told the Post Office.
In an interview, Rittenhouse said he did not regret having a gun that night, saying, “I had to protect myself.”
“I would have died that night if I hadn’t,” he said.
NBC 5 contacted Rittenhouse’s lawyers on Friday night, as well as actor Ricky Schroeder, but we have not yet received a response.