A 17-year-old youth accused of killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin is seen smiling in a new photo with his lawyer and “NYPD Blue” and “Silver Spoons” star Ricky Schroder after posting his $2 million bond and being released from custody.
Kyle Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum, 26, and Anthony Huber, 26, and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz, 22, with an AR-15 rifle during a demonstration on Aug. 25 to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake. Blake, a 29-year-old Black man, was shot seven times in the back by a white police officer, paralyzing him from the waist down.
Rittenhouse surrendered to police in his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, the morning after the shooting.
Sheriff’s officials confirmed to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, part of the USA TODAY Network, that Rittenhouse was released Friday afternoon.
Hours later, L. Lin Wood of Atlanta, who is a member of Rittenhouse’s defense team, tweeted a photo of Rittenhouse, Ricky Schroder and attorney John Pierce, under a title of “FREE AT LAST!!!” Lin earlier tweeted that a donation from Schroder helped put Rittenhouse’s bond fundraising effort “over the top.”
On Sunday morning, Schroder tweeted a second photo of himself with Rittenhouse and his mother, Wendy.
“In America we are ALL innocent until a jury of peers decides guilt or innocence, not the Mob or Press,” Schroder wrote on his unverified account with 37.6K followers, urging them to move to Parler, a conservative social media platform. “When the facts are known, many of you will owe this young man an Apology.”
He faces multiple charges, including intentional homicide, reckless endangerment and being a minor in possession of a firearm. Wisconsin law doesn’t permit minors to carry or possess a gun unless they’re hunting. He is expected back in court on Dec. 3 for a preliminary hearing.
His case has taken on political overtones. Supporters of the Black Lives Matter movement have painted Rittenhouse as a trigger-happy white supremacist. Conservatives upset over property destruction during recent protests have portrayed him as a patriot who was exercising his right to bear arms during unrest.
A legal defense fund for Rittenhouse has raised millions of dollars in donations, and his mother got a standing ovation from women at a Waukesha County GOP function in September.
Source: USA today