Kyle Rittenhouse, Antioch teen charged with murder in Kenosha protest shootings, pleads not guilty

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Tuesday, January 5, 2021
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KENOSHA, Wis (WLS) -- Kyle Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty Tuesday to shooting two people to death and wounding a third during last summer's unrest in Kenosha.

The 18-year-old from Antioch, Illinois is free on bail and appeared remotely from his attorney's office for his hearing Tuesday.

Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree intentional homicide, attempted homicide, reckless homicide, recklessly endangering safety and illegal possession of a firearm. Wisconsin law doesn't permit minors to carry or possess a gun unless they're hunting.

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Last week, prosecutors added a curfew violation charge.

Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during a demonstration Aug. 25. His attorneys say Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense.

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Investigators said Rittenhouse was armed with a Smith and Wesson AR-15 style rifle with a 30-round magazine. According to authorities, the video shows Rittenhouse casually walking away from the killings, past police.

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Rittenhouse was reportedly the only person to shoot anyone during the protests.

The remote court appearance comes as Kenosha braces for possible unrest as a decision on whether or not to charge a police officer who shot Jacob Blake last August is expected in the next two weeks.