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Judge to hear Kyle Rittenhouse’s claim for gun used in shootings

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Judge to hear Kyle Rittenhouse’s claim for gun used in shootings

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MADISON, Wis. – A Wisconsin judge was due to hear arguments on Friday about whether prosecutors should return Kyle Rittenhouse the assault rifle he used to shoot three people during a street protest.

Rittenhouse shot the men during the 2020 Kenosha protest. He killed Anthony Huber and Joseph Rosenbaum and wounded Gaige Grosskreutz in the arm. Rittenhouse maintained that he fired in self-defense after each of the men attacked him. Last year, a jury acquitted him on several counts, including homicide.

Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, filed a motion Jan. 19 asking prosecutors to return Rittenhouse’s gun, ammunition, face mask and other clothing he was wearing on the night of the shooting. Richards and David Hancock, a spokesperson for Rittenhouse, said last week that Rittenhouse wanted to destroy the rifle and dispose of the rest of the items so that nothing could be used as a political symbol or trophy celebrating the shooting.

Conservatives across the country praised Rittenhouse, saying he defended Kenosha against far-left activists. The Liberals painted him as a trigger-happy vigilante.

The motion hearing was before Judge Bruce Schroeder, the Kenosha County judge who presided over Rittenhouse’s trial. Hancock said Rittenhouse will not be in court for Friday’s hearing.

Meanwhile, another legal battle brews over the conservatives’ fate of the $2 million raised to cover Rittenhouse’s bail. Richards filed a petition Thursday for the money, intending to split it between his law firm and the #FightBack Foundation. Lawyers Lin Wood and John Pierce, who represented Rittenhouse early in the case, formed the foundation to raise money for him.

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

The Patent and Trademark Hedge Fund Trust filed a petition on Thursday also claiming the $2 million. The trust’s attorneys argue that they are Pierce’s creditors and therefore deserve all the money.

It was unclear whether the judge would accept the motions on Friday.

Judge to hear Kyle Rittenhouse’s claim for gun used in shootings

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