Judge rules U.S. teenager should return to Wisconsin to face shooting
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[October 31, 2020]
(Reuters) - An Illinois judge on
Friday ordered the extradition of a teenager accused of fatally shooting
two protesters and wounding a third during demonstrations in August in
Paul Novak, a judge in Lake County, Illinois, where 17-year-old Kyle
Rittenhouse is being held, handed down a six-page ruling denying the
teen's request for release and ruled he must raise his self-defense
claims in a Wisconsin court.
The ruling was issued hours after an extradition hearing at which
Rittenhouse's lawyers did not call any witnesses, despite indicating
they may elicit testimony from his mother and four experts.
In addition to arguing Rittenhouse acted in self-defense, his lawyers
had alleged technical errors in paperwork behind his arrest in his
hometown of Antioch, Illinois, close to Kenosha, Wisconsin where the
shootings took place.
Novak said he found no paperwork issues and it was not his role to judge
the merits of the case under extradition law.
"These are matters that can be raised in Kenosha, Wisconsin, through
pre-trial proceedings or during trial," Novak wrote.
John Pierce, Rittenhouse's lawyer, said on Twitter that he planned to
appeal the ruling to the Illinois Court of Appeal.
"We will never surrender. Kyle will be set free and cleared of all
charges," Pierce said.
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Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager charged with killing two people and
injuring another during demonstrations on the streets of Kenosha,
Wisconsin, attends his extradition hearing in Lake County in
Waukegan, Illinois, U.S., October 30, 2020. Nam Y. Huh/Pool via
Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree reckless homicide and five
other criminal counts related to the shootings, which occurred on
Aug. 25 in Kenosha, Wisconsin during civil unrest sparked by the
police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse returned to his home in Antioch, Illinois after that
night and was taken into custody in Lake County soon after.
Immediately after Friday's ruling, Rittenhouse was taken to the
Wisconsin state line and handed over to the authorities in Kenosha,
a spokesman for the Lake County Sheriff's Office said.
"He is officially in Kenosha County’s custody," Sergeant Christopher
(Reporting by Nathan Layne; Additional reporting by Barbara
Goldberg; Editing by Bill Berkrot, Alistair Bell and David Gregorio)
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