Rittenhouse Acquitted of Multiple Charges; Requests Gun Used in Shootings

Kyle Rittenhouse listens as the verdict in his trial is read on Nov. 19, 2021

Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of the shooting of three people during a street protest. He shot and killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz in the arm. He argued that he fired in self-defense after each of the men attacked him.

Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, filed a motion January 19th asking prosecutors to return Rittenhouse’s rifle, his ammunition, his face mask, and other clothing he was wearing the night of the shooting to him.

Why would Rittenhouse want those things back?

Richards and David Hancock, a spokesman for Rittenhouse, said Rittenhouse wants to destroy the rifle and throw the rest of the items away so nothing can be used as a political symbol or trophy celebrating the shootings.

Judge Bruce Schroeder, the Kenosha County judge who presided over Rittenhouse’s trial, presided over the motion hearing.

There is another legal battle in the works.

Attorneys Lin Wood and John Pierce, who were representing Rittenhouse in the early days of case, formed the foundation to raise money for him to cover his bail. But a legal fight is brewing over the fate of the $2 million conservatives raised to cover Rittenhouse’s bail. Richards filed a motion Thursday seeking the money, with plans to divide it between his law firm and the #FightBack Foundation.

Richards also wants to give $150,000 back to actor Ricky Schroder, who donated to Rittenhouse’s defense.

The Patent and Trademark Hedge Fund Trust filed a motion Thursday laying claim to the $2 million as well. The trust’s attorneys argue they’re Pierce’s creditors so they deserve all the money.

It was unclear whether the judge would take up the motions Friday.

– Meriqua Whyte