Judge rejects request to increase Kyle Rittenhouse’s bond and issue arrest warrant

The state argued Rittenhouse’s move to a “safe house” violated bail conditions.

By James Hill and Bill Hutchinson

A Wisconsin judge on Thursday denied a request to increase Kyle Rittenhouse’s $2 million bond and issue an arrest warrant for him after a prosecutor argued that the teenager, charged in the fatal shootings of two men at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, violated conditions of his release by failing to report to the court the address of a “safe house” to which he’s moved.

Assistant District attorney Thomas Binger had filed two motions asking that the 18-year-old’s bond be increased by $200,000 and that he be re-arrested until the new bond is covered. But Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder ruled that the prosecution had not met its burden to prove that either of those measures was permitted or necessary under the law….

Kyle Rittenhouse, left, is charged with six criminal counts, including first-degree intentional homicide, for the shootings that left two protesters dead and a third injured. Credit…Adam Rogan/The Journal Times, via Associated Press

 

Richards told the judge he would provide the information to the court clerk by the end of the day on Thursday. The judge declined to order that the address be provided to the district attorney’s office.

Binger said it is “highly irregular” for the address of a defendant, particularly one charged with multiple counts of murder, to be withheld from the prosecution. He unsuccessfully argued the information was necessary for his office to ensure bond conditions are being met….

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