The semi-automatic rifle used by Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager acquitted of the shooting death of two men and wounding another during a street protest in Kenosha, Wis., in 2020 , will be destroyed by an agreement approved by a judge. Friday.
According to his attorney, 19-year-old Rittenhouse agreed to the terms of the settlement before a hearing in Kenosha County Court, but did not attend the hour-long procedure.
A spokesman for Mr. Rittenhouse has previously said that he does not want the AR-15-style rifle to become a political symbol or trophy.
One rifle, the Smith & Wesson M&P 15, will be turned over to the Kenosha Police Department and taken to a state crime lab for destruction, along with the rifle’s magazine and scope, a prosecutor said. said on Friday.
The prosecutor, Assistant District Attorney Kenosha, said that the process will most likely be completed by the end of April.
“It will not be owned by anyone,” Mr. Binger said.
Mark Richards, Mr Rittenhouse’s attorney, filed a motion earlier this month seeking the rifle, its ammunition and a mask his client was wearing on the night of the shooting in order to have it returned to him. Rittenhouse.
“I discussed this with my client and it met his goals,” Mr Richards said of the settlement, noting that Mr Rittenhouse’s other assets had been returned to him. .
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Mr. Rittenhouse is not found guilty of murder and other crimes In November after a two-week trial, a case became the focal point of a national debate about vigilance, gun rights and the right to self-defense.
His actions drew sympathy from many prominent conservatives, including former President Donald J. Trump, who met Mr. Rittenhouse in Florida after he was acquitted.
At the same time, images of Mr. Rittenhouse holding a semi-automatic weapon on the street during protests for racial justice have caused widespread condemnation.
At the age of 17, Mr. Rittenhouse was traveling from his home in rural Illinois to Kenosha when the city descended into civil unrest in August 2020 during Police shot dead Jacob Blake who responded to what authorities consider to be domestic complaints. Mr. Blake, who is black, was shot multiple times in the back by the officer, leaving him partially paralyzed and touch the protests.
Mr. Rittenhouse was among a dense group of heavily armed civilians who took to the city’s streets to protect businesses and property as protesters smashed street lights and set cars and shops on fire.
During one skirmish, Mr Rittenhouse was chased into a parking lot by Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, who was unarmed and erratic, a video of the confrontation showed. In video that was played during the trial, Mr. Rittenhouse turned and shot and killed Mr. Rosenbaum, who lived in Kenosha.
Mr. Rittenhouse then opened fire on two other people, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz, who were chasing him as he fled, according to testimony. Mr. Huber was killed and Mr. Grosskreutz survived.
Facing felony charges, the man bought Mr Rittenhouse the military-style rifle because he was too young to buy it himself. agreed this month not to contest lower fees in a deal.
The man, Dominick Black, 20, is a witness for prosecution in the Rittenhouse murder case. Prosecutors said Friday he also consented to the rifle’s destruction.
While there is consensus on what will happen to Mr Rittenhouse’s rifle, the fate of the $2 million raised by his supporters and lawyers for his bail has become a sticking point. leading up to a hearing on Friday.
A hedge fund sought to stake its claim for $2 million, plus interest, in court documents that it gave a former lawyer to Mr. Rittenhouse $300,000 to Mr. Rittenhouse was released on bail and received the full amount.
Circuit Court Judge Bruce E. Schroeder said that the fund, the Patent and Trademark Defense Fund, had suggested that contributing to the defense of Mr. Rittenhouse would be a good investment.
“It’s a leap of faith for any criminal prosecution,” Judge Schroeder said.
Judge Schroeder said he understands that hedge funds tend to take risks. But this, he said, spurred it. He denied breaking up the fund and said the money would go to Mr Richards’ law firm and a legal defense fund called the #FightBack Foundation.
“Who will pay the interest?” Judge Schroeder spoke about the hedge fund’s move. “We didn’t. This is so strange.”
https://www.nytimes.com/2022/01/28/us/kyle-rittenhouse-ar15-gun.html The rifle used by Kyle Rittenhouse in the Kenosha shootout will be destroyed