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Attorney representing man who purchased gun for Rittenhouse withdraws from case

Dominick Black
Posted at 5:04 PM, Feb 10, 2021
and last updated 2021-02-10 19:49:27-05

KENOSHA — A 19-year-old man charged after police say he bought a gun to Kyle Rittenhouse is now seeking a public defender, as his attorney withdrew from the case Wednesday.

Dominick Black was charged with two felony counts of intentionally selling a dangerous weapon to a minor. If found guilty, he could spend up to 12 years behind bars.

On Wednesday, Black was set to attend his arraignment, in which he would have entered his plea to the two charges. But his attorney, Robert Keller, instead filed a motion to withdraw from the case. Black is now seeking a public defender to represent him in the case.

A criminal complaint states Black purchased the weapon from the Ladysmith Ace Home Center using money he received from 17-year-old Rittenhouse. Police say Black bought the weapon for Rittenhouse because he wasn't 18-years-old yet and couldn't do it himself.

Black and Rittenhouse agreed that the rifle would be stored at Black's stepdad's house since Rittenhouse did not have an Illinois Firearm Owner Identification card, according to the criminal complaint. Black's stepdad lives in Kenosha.

According to the criminal complaint, on Aug. 25, Rittenhouse and Black volunteered to protect the Car Source located on Sheridan Road. The two met at Black's stepdad's house where Black gave Rittenhouse the gun he had purchased, a Smith & Wesson M&P 15 rifle.

Around 11:49 p.m. that night, Rittenhouse used the gun to allegedly shoot and kill two individuals, Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber. Both killings were captured on video by witnesses and the videos were widely shared on social media, police say.

A Kenosha County court commissioner set Black’s bond at $2,500 last November. His arraignment has been rescheduled for March 26.

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