The trial for former Antioch resident Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of shooting three people, killing two of them in Kenosha in August, was delayed until at least November.
Rittenhouse, 18, was arrested for shooting and killing two people and injuring a third person during civil unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin last summer.
He was charged with first-degree intentional homicide, two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18.
Rittenhouse appeared for a virtual court hearing via Zoom on Wednesday with his attorney Mark Richards.
Assistant District Attorney’s Thomas Binger and Jason Zapf also appeared in the pre-trial conference hearing.
Binger told Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder that both sides needed more time to resolve outstanding issues.
Schroeder, who had scheduled the trial to begin on March 29, asked Rittenhouse if he had any objections to moving the trial, to which he replied, “No, your honor.”
Schroeder scheduled the new tentative trial date for November 1 but warned the trial could be delayed further. A final pre-trial conference hearing is scheduled for May 17.
In late January, a judge modified Rittenhouse’s bond requirements barring the teen from consuming alcohol and from being around any hate groups after he was seen posing with members of the Proud Boys.
Rittenhouse was released from the Kenosha County Jail on November 20 after posting a $2 million cash bond.
The teen is accused of traveling to Kenosha on August 25 during a night of civil unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse’s friend, Dominick Black, admitted to detectives that he purchased an AR-15 style rifle for Rittenhouse.
Prosecutors have said that Black asked Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, to help him guard Car Source, a Kenosha car dealership, from looting and damage on the night of August 25.
The owner of Car Source has denied that he ever requested Rittenhouse or Black to help guard his business.
Rittenhouse shot three people, Anthony Huber, Gaige Grosskreutz, and Joseph Rosenbaum, killing two of them. Rittenhouse claimed the shootings were self-defense after the three of them attacked him.
Rittenhouse spoke to the Washington Post in a phone interview while he was in jail and said he did not regret that he had the gun and used it.
“God forbid somebody brought a gun to me and decided to shoot me. Like, I like, wanted to be protected, which I ended up having to protect myself,” Rittenhouse said.
“No, I don’t regret it. I feel I had to protect myself,” he told the Post. “I would have died that night if I didn’t.”
Rittenhouse said that he was on furlough from his job at the YMCA due to the pandemic and used the money from his first unemployment check.
“And I got my first unemployment check so I was like, ‘Oh, I’ll use this to buy it,'” he said in the interview.
Rittenhouse’s mother also spoke out in an interview and claimed she would have tried to stop her son from going to Kenosha during the protests but she did not know where he was or what he was doing at the time.
Wendy Rittenhouse deflected blame away from her son Kyle in an interview with the Chicago Tribune and voiced anger at police, politicians and protesters, the Tribune reported.
The single mother of three said that her son should not have been in downtown Kenosha at the time of the shootings.
“No one should have been there,” she told the Tribune. “The protesters should not have been there, also. My son shouldn’t have been there either.”
“The police should have helped the businesses out instead of having a 17-year-old kid helping him,” she said. “The police should have been involved with these people that lost their businesses. They should have stepped up. I’m not mad at the police. I’m not. They have a hard enough job as it is.”
Wendy Rittenhouse said in the interview that she was getting a COVID-19 test for her job and running errands on August 25.
She said that she did not check in with her son until around midnight and he responded that he was “doing medic” duties, the Tribune reported.