Portrayed by the Black Lives Matter movement and its loyal media as a gun-toting white supremacist who was in Kenosha, Wis. to provoke violence, 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse appears likely to go to trial on murder charges, reports the UK Telegraph.
A Wisconsin court commissioner ruled Dec. 3 that enough evidence exists to warrant a trial for Rittenhouse, accused of fatally shooting two men and wounding a third on Aug. 25, a night on which riots raged in Kenosha.
The ruling was made after a contentious virtual hearing in which Rittenhouse’s attorney contended that the youth pulled the trigger in self-defense while being attacked and threatened — including with a weapon — in the middle of a street.
Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Ill., was charged with homicide and attempted homicide in the deaths of Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz during a night of unrest that followed the Kenosha police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren Keating found during a preliminary hearing that enough probable cause exists for the case to go to trial.
Rittenhouse, who wore a mask during the Zoom hearing in the office of his attorney, Mark Richards, has said he was attacked while providing security for a business and fired his rifle in self-defense.
He was let out of jail last month after posting $2 million cash bond, most of which was raised through a legal defense fund set up by supporters.