After being found not guilty of killing two people and shooting another during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Kyle Rittenhouse has requested the release of the gun used, according to a court document submitted by his counsel. He intends to dispose of it properly.
Rittenhouse, now 19, was tried for first-degree intentional homicide and four other felonies in connection with the shootings that occurred in August 2020 during rallies against police abuse. During his detention, authorities seized some of Rittenhouse’s personal belongings, which his counsel has requested to be returned to him.
“Mr. Rittenhouse further wishes to ensure that the firearm in question is properly destroyed,” attorney Mark Richards notes in the document filed in Kenosha County Circuit Court. During the commotion following the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old Black man in Kenosha, Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old at the time, said he fired in self-defense.
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In the disputed case, some saw Rittenhouse as a vigilante while others saw him as a citizen who was protecting shops from looters and rioters by taking up arms. Dominick Black, who was seeing Rittenhouse’s sister at the time, bought the AR-15 used in the shootings. Despite the fact that Rittenhouse was too young to legally own a gun, Black testified in November that he agreed to pay for the weapon anyhow.
Rittenhouse’s lawyer claims in court that his client is the rightful owner of the pistol “per the verbal contract enacted with Dominick Black.” Several additional items, including a 30-round magazine, bullets, an iPhone, and clothing, were also wanted back by the defense attorney.
Witness accounts of how the incident unfolded. A group of six or seven other armed people had assembled in downtown Kenosha, Wisconsin, on the morning of August 25, 2020, according to Rittenhouse and Black’s testimony at Rittenhouse’s trial in November.
In his testimony, Black stated that he climbed the roof of the dealership because the ground was too risky. Rittenhouse was near an area where Black heard gunfire, according to Black. Then he received a call. “I didn’t believe the gunshots were actually his until I got a phone call. I answered it, and he just said, ‘I shot somebody, I shot somebody,’ and then hung up right away,” Black testified.
It was back to the dealership for Rittenhouse, and they were on their way to Antioch, Illinois, where he lived. At dawn the following day, Rittenhouse surrendered to authorities. During the trial, Rittenhouse testified that he shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, an unarmed man who threw a plastic bag at him.
“I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself,” he testified. Rittenhouse feared that Rosenbaum, who did not touch him that night, might steal his gun and kill people. “He was chasing me. I was alone. He threatened to kill me earlier that night. I didn’t want to have to shoot him,” Rittenhouse testified. “I pointed it at him because he kept running at me, and I didn’t want him to chase me.” Stay tuned with us only on Lee Daily