KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A 17-year-old from Illinois accused of killing two men during an August protest in Wisconsin faced a preliminary hearing in the case.
Hearings such as the one Thursday morning in Kenosha are generally used to determine whether enough evidence exists to proceed to a trial.
Kyle Rittenhouse is charged with homicide and attempted homicide in the shootings. They came during a night of unrest in Kenosha following the police shooting two days earlier of Jacob Blake, a Black man.
Rittenhouse is free on $2 million bond largely provided by supporters who see him as a patriot who was trying to protect other people's property.
Others view him as a trigger-happy youth whose presence with a rifle incited protesters.