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Illinois Judge Approves Extradition Of Kyle Rittenhouse To Wisconsin

17-Year-Old Faces Homicide Charges In Kenosha Protest Shooting

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Kyle Rittenhouse appears for an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill.
Kyle Rittenhouse appears for an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill. The 17-year-old is accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wis., on Aug. 25, 2020, two days after a police officer trying to arrest Jacob Blake shot him seven times in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down. Nam Y. Huh, Pool/AP Photo

An Illinois judge has granted prosecutors’ request to extradite 17-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse to Wisconsin, where he faces homicide charges for allegedly shooting three protesters in Kenosha, killing two of them.

Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree reckless homicide in the Aug. 25 shooting of 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and first-degree intentional homicide in the shooting of 26-year-old Anthony Huber.

Rittenhouse traveled to Kenosha from his home in Antioch, Illinois, and walked the city that night armed with an AR-15 rifle, during the unrest that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. He joined others carrying guns who said they were there to guard private businesses, several of which had been burned in the days following the shooting.

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Rittenhouse has been held in Lake County, Illinois since shortly after the shootings, where his defense team has fought extradition. Rittenhouse’s lawyers have argued the teenager was acting in self-defense.

Judge Paul Novak did not address those arguments Friday, ruling only that Rittenhouse could be extradited.

“According to Illinois law, this Illinois court shall not determine if Rittenhouse has a valid self-defense argument for the Wisconsin charges,” Novak wrote. “These are matters that can be raised in Kenosha County, Wisconsin, through pre-trial proceedings or during trial.”

One of Rittenhouse’s attorneys has previously raised the possibility of appealing the decision to extradite.

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