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Kenosha shooter Rittenhouse won't face gun charges in Illinois

By Don Jacobson
Kenosha shooter Rittenhouse won't face gun charges in Illinois
Police patrol streets in Kenosha, WIs., on August 31 following demonstrations against the police shooting of Jacob Blake. File Photo by Alex Wroblewski/UPI | License Photo

Oct. 14 (UPI) -- Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teenager accused of killing two people during civil unrest this summer in Kenosha, Wis., will not face criminal charges in his home state, prosecutors said.

Lake County, Ill., State's Attorney Michael Nerheim said Tuesday that an investigation has found no evidence that the gun Rittenhouse used in the killings was physically possessed by him Illinois.

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Rittenhouse, 17, is being held at the Lake County juvenile detention center in Waukegan. Wisconsin prosecutors are working to extradite him to face six charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, for shooting two people on Aug. 28 during anti-police brutality protests in Kenosha.

Rittenhouse is scheduled to appear in Lake County court on Oct. 30 for an extradition hearing.

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Defense attorneys are fighting the move, arguing that he acted in self-defense when he shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber dead and injured another person with an AR-15-style rifle at a rally where activists were protesting the police shooting of Jacob Blake on Aug. 23.

Nerheim said the investigation showed Rittenhouse's gun was bought, stored and used in Wisconsin, preventing prosecutors from charging him in Illinois.

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Video of the shooting taken by a witness shows Rittenhouse running in the street after he shot Rosenbaum. He fell while fleeing, at which point Huber tried to grab the rifle and Rittenhouse shot him.

Rittenhouse considers himself a member of a right-wing militia and was acting as self-appointed security during the protests.

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The Surrogate's Court building exterior remains vandalized while Occupy City Hall protests continue outside City Hall in New York City on June 30. Photo by John Angelillo/UPI | License Photo

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