Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney used Rittenhouse’s preliminary hearing to review the self-defense he will raise at the trial of two people who lost their lives during the riots in Kenosa in August and a shooting that injured a third person.
But efforts to fire two out of six Illinois teens were denied by Kenosha County Court Commissioner Loren Keating, who also found probable reason Rittenhouse committed the crimes he was charged and brought to justice.
The 17-year-old Rittenhouse, who was released on bail on November 20 for $ 2 million, appeared through Zoomon at a trial with his attorney, Mark Richards, from Richards Racine’s office.
Prior to the commencement of the preliminary hearing, Richards argued in his written submission about the exemptions he proposed. One was that Wisconsin law made an exception for minors who possess dangerous weapons and therefore the misdemeanor should be rejected.
Deputy lawyer Thomas Binger disagreed.
“We don’t let teenagers run around with guns. It’s that simple. The law is clear,” he argued. “That’s exactly why this law is, because teenagers shouldn’t be allowed to run around with dangerous weapons because bad things are happening.”
Richards also argued that the count should be rejected, which recklessly endangers the safety of a video journalist near the first shooting that killed Joseph Rosenbaum because the complaint does not show how in danger he was actually.
Binger quoted the victim’s own words to investigators that he saw Rittenhouse firing a circle that could have hit the ground, that the journalist felt something on his feet, and wondered if he had been hit by the ricochet circle and whether it was in line. Rittenhouse shoots at Rosenbaum.
Keating found that this was detailed enough to support the complaint and denied the defense.
Richards suggested that the journalist has since hired a lawyer who tried to tell prosecutors that his client did not agree with how his statement was portrayed in the criminal complaint. Keating maintained Binger’s objections to discussing this.
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After a brief testimony from a Kenosha police detective, Richards presented nearly a dozen stills from various videos taken on the night of the shooting. He found Joshua Ziminski instructing Rosenbaum to go after Rittenhouse and firing a shot just before Rittenhouse shot Rosenbaum.
Other images show Rittenhouse being hit in the head by Anthony Huber, who was then fatally shot and shot into Gaige Grosskreutz’s right elbow as he held a gun in his hand, pointing to Rittenhouse.
Kenosha Police Det. Ben Antaramian testified that the man in the white pants seen in the video, who kicks Rittenhouse in the head and to whom he fired two shots, has never been identified or interrogated with him.