Kyle Rittenhouse’s bail was set at $2 million by a Wisconsin court commissioner on Monday after the teenager was extradited from Illinois last week.
Rittenhouse is accused of fatally shooting Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber as well as injuring Gaige Grosskreutz during protests on August 25. The protests occurred in response to the shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man that the Kenosha police shot several times at close range and ultimately paralyzed.
The 17-year-old, who faces charges for attempted first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree intentional homicide and first-degree reckless homicide, will be tried as an adult in Wisconsin. Rittenhouse’s lawyers argued that the teenager had allegedly acted out of self-defense and should therefore have his bond set at $750,000.
Court Commissioner Loren Keating rejected these arguments and noted that Rittenhouse is considered a flight risk if released on bail. According to The Hill, Keating stated that “as such, the court is going to impose a $2 million cash bond, believing that is reasonable and necessary and sufficient at this juncture to secure the appearance of Mr. Rittenhouse.”
Attorney’s representing the families of Rittenhouse’s victims had asked for a bail of $4 million. Anthony Huber’s father, John, explained that the high bail was due to the fact that Rittenhouse “has people out there that will help him, militia organization that can raise money and harbor him.”
In fact, Give Send Go (a self-proclaimed “Christian crowdfunding site”) raised nearly $550,000 to help cover Rittenhouse’s legal fees before the organizers said they were forced to stop receiving incoming donations.
Huber also added that the teenager “was an active shooter and my son tried to stop him … My son was a hero … and anyone else says something else, they are dead wrong. Including the president.” Huber’s latter statement alluded to the insensitive comments that President Trump made in regards to Rittenhouse’s victims as well as the support the president appeared to lend to the 17-year-old for his actions.
Rittenhouse is due back in court on December 3.