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Kyle Rittenhouse released from custody on $2 million cash bond

Kyle Rittenhouse
Posted at 2:49 PM, Nov 20, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-20 16:34:57-05

KENOSHA — Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of shooting and killing two people during protests in Kenosha, has been released from jail on bond Friday.

A spokesperson with the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Department announced that Rittenhouse's attorney paid the $2 million cash bond that was set by a judge earlier this month.

Rittenhouse, thus, is no longer in custody at the Kenosha County Jail, according to the spokesperson.

On Oct. 30, an Illinois judge OK'ed the extradition of Rittenhouse back to Wisconsin to face homicide charges.

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FILE - In this Tuesday, Aug. 25, 2020, file photo, Kyle Rittenhouse carries a weapon as he walks along Sheridan Road in Kenosha, Wis., during a night of unrest following the weekend police shooting of Jacob Blake. Rittenhouse's defense team has called him a member of a militia. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two people and seriously wounding a third.
(Adam Rogan/The Journal Times via AP, File)

Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree intentional homicide for the death of Anthony Huber, 26 of Silver Lake, attempted first-degree intentional homicide for the shooting of Gauge Grosskreutz, 26 of West Allis, and first-degree reckless homicide for the death of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36 of Kenosha, according to a criminal complaint.

Rittenhouse is also charged with two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety for shooting his AR-15-style rifle toward other people in a crowd, and with possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.

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In this screen grab from live stream video, Kyle Rittenhouse appears via video during a hearing at the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court in Waukegan, Ill., on Sept. 25, 2020, in his case. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis., is fighting his return to Wisconsin to face homicide charges that could put him in prison for life. (Nineteenth Judicial Circuit Court via AP)

The shooting happened on Aug. 25, after a white police officer shot Jacob Blake seven times in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down. The police shooting sparked massive protests in Kenosha and across the country. They also led to unrest in Kenosha, which brought Rittenhouse to Kenosha in the first place. He says he went with a friend, Dominick Black, to protect local businesses on the night he allegedly shot three people.

The case has become a rallying call for some, who see Rittenhouse as a patriot who was exercising his 2nd Amendment right to bear arms. Others accuse him of being a domestic terrorist who provoked violence by bringing a rifle to downtown Kenosha.

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