Antioch teen charged in killings poses with Ricky Schroder after making bail

  • This tweet shows attorney John Pierce, left, and actor Ricky Schroder, right, with Antioch teenager Kyle Rittenhouse after he made bail on charges stemming from shootings during an Aug. 25 protest against police racism and brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

    This tweet shows attorney John Pierce, left, and actor Ricky Schroder, right, with Antioch teenager Kyle Rittenhouse after he made bail on charges stemming from shootings during an Aug. 25 protest against police racism and brutality in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

 
Associated press
Updated 11/21/2020 7:27 PM

KENOSHA, Wis. -- An Antioch 17-year-old accused of killing two people during a protest in Wisconsin was seen smiling in a photo with his lawyer and "Silver Spoons" and "NYPD Blue" actor Ricky Schroder after being released from custody by posting a $2 million bail.

Kyle Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz during a demonstration Aug. 25 that followed the police shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha. He posted bail through his attorney at about 2 p.m. Friday.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
 

Hours after being released, L. Lin Wood of Atlanta, 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."

Rittenhouse told police he was attacked while he was guarding a business and that he fired in self-defense.

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 due 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.

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