Accused Kenosha shooter remains in Illinois, extradition delayed

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LAKE COUNTY, Ill (CBS 58) — The 17-year-old from Antioch, Illinois, accused of killing two protesters in Kenosha, was supposed to have an extradition hearing Friday, Aug. 28, but his attorney asked for more time. 

Rittenhouse will remain in custody in Illinois for now. 

The hearing was done via video conference because of COVID-19 and Kyle Rittenhouse did not appear, it was just his public defender.

Rittenhouse was formally charged Thursday, Aug. 27, with shooting three protesters, two of them died. CBS 58 crews caught the armed 17-year-old on camera just before the shooting. 

According to the complaint, cellphone video shows the first victim, Joseph Rosenbaum, approaching Rittenhouse. There’s a loud bang and Rittenhouse shoots Rosenbaum, who was unarmed. Rosenbaum died from his injuries.

Rittenhouse then runs and he can be heard saying on the phone, “I just killed somebody.” Rittenhouse then “trips and falls to the ground” and according to court documents that’s when 26-year-old Anthony Huber “appears to be trying to pull the gun away from the defendant.”

CBS 58 is not showing the shots, but according to the complaint that’s when Rittenhouse shoots and kills Huber

While on the ground Rittenhouse also shot and injured a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz. According to the complaint, Grosskreutz appeared to have a gun.

Investigators recovered the gun Rittenhouse used, a Smith & Wesson AR-15 style .223 rifle. It’s unclear who owns the gun.

Rittenhouse's private attorneys have detailed their side of the story, that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.

In a three-page statement, John Pierce claims that while being chased by a mob and hearing a gunshot behind him, "Kyle was faced with an attacker lunging toward him and reaching for his rifle."

Pierce also claims that prosecutors in Kenosha "did not engage in any meaningful analysis of the facts or any in-depth review of available video footage."

His lawyers claim Rittenhouse picked up the rifle used in the killing in Kenosha and it never crossed state lines.

Rittenhouse’s next court date is Sept. 25. You can read his attorneys' statement in full, below:


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