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Judge refuses to toss weapons charge against Kyle Rittenhouse

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Posted at 5:13 AM, Oct 05, 2021
and last updated 2021-10-05 19:34:38-04

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A judge has declined to dismiss a weapons charge against an Illinois man accused of shooting three people during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin last year.

Prosecutors charged Kyle Rittenhouse with homicide and other crimes, including being a minor in possession of a firearm, after he killed two men and wounded a third during the August 2020 protest in Kenosha.

Rittenhouse was 17 at the time and has said he acted in self-defense.

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His attorneys on Tuesday asked Judge Bruce Schroeder to throw out the firearm charge, arguing that it only applies if the minor is carrying a short-barreled rifle.

Rittenhouse used an AR-style semiautomatic rifle.

Schroeder refused to dismiss the charge but said he might reconsider.

John Black, testifying for the defense at the pretrial hearing, said Tuesday that he thinks 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse was justified in using deadly force because one of the men he killed tried to grab his gun, the other hit him with a skateboard and grabbed his gun, and a third man whom he wounded had approached him with a handgun.

Rittenhouse, of Antioch, Illinois, faces multiple charges, including homicide. He argues that he fired in self-defense. His trial is set to start Nov. 1.

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