Kyle Rittenhouse wants his AR-15-style rifle BACK, lawyer says he'd destroy it
Kyle Rittenhouse’s lead defense attorney, Mark Richards, filed a motion on Wednesday, January 19, asking for the AR-15-style rifle and clothing seized after his arrest in 2020 to be returned to him. Rittenhouse shot three people, killing two, with his rifle along Sheridan Road during unrest in Kenosha on August 25, 2020.
In November 2021, the jury found the 19-year-old not guilty on all charges after Rittenhouse said he acted in self-defense. A hearing is now scheduled for January 28 in front of Judge Bruce Schroeder. Richards filed papers explaining that Rittenhouse wants the gun back so it can be destroyed, as per Kenosha Reports.
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Family spokesperson David Hancock said the teen wants to destroy the rifle so no one can use it to “celebrate” the shootings. He said: "At the end of the day, two people did lose their lives, period. That weapon was involved in that. That weapon doesn’t belong on a mantle. It doesn't belong in a museum. It belongs where Kyle wants it, and Kyle wants it destroyed... There are plenty of people out there who would like to hold these items up, on both sides. That's nothing Kyle's interested in."
Rittenhouse wants to get back the ammunition, sling, and magazine from the firearm. He also wants to retrieve his cellphone, the face mask that he was wearing on the night of the shootings, and a dollar bill as per the Associated Press reports. Cops seized the gun and have held it ever since Rittenhouse fatally shot Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber in Wisconsin. Under Wisconsin law, possessions of those accused of crimes are to be returned if they are found not guilty or after charges are dropped.
Hancock revealed that Rittenhouse's “normal” life will include pursuing a career in nursing. He told Fox6: “He is studying pre-requisites at Arizona State University for nursing and he is going to continue that. We’re going to do everything we can to make sure he can live a normal life moving forward.”
Prosecutors portrayed Rittenhouse as a “wannabe soldier” who had gone looking for trouble that night. They claimed he was responsible for creating a dangerous situation in the first place by pointing his rifle at demonstrators. But Rittenhouse testified: “I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself.”
Former President Donald Trump said the teen shouldn't have had to "suffer" during the trial. He claimed that Rittenhouse would've died if it were not for his actions.