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Rittenhouse appears in court as judge weighs several motions

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Rittenhouse's attorneys have argued that he fired in self-defense after Rosenbaum, Huber and Grosskreutz attacked him. They asked Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder to dismiss the weapon possession charge during a hearing Tuesday.

Corey Chirafisi, one of Rittenhouse's attorneys, argued that the statute only prohibits minors from possessing short-barreled rifles. Rittenhouse used an AR-style semiautomatic rifle with a 16-inch barrel the night of the shootings, according to Chirafisi.

Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger countered that the Legislature clearly intended to bar anyone under 18 from “running around with a dangerous weapon” and that the hunting statutes don't apply because Rittenhouse wasn't hunting Kenosha's streets on the night of the protest.

Schroeder sided with Binger, but he said he might revisit the question later because the statutes aren't clear.


ORIGINAL STORY

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An Illinois man accused of shooting three people during a protest against police brutality in Wisconsin last year is due back in court for what could be the final hearing before his trial begins next month.

Prosecutors have charged Kyle Rittenhouse with homicide and other crimes after he killed two men and wounded a third during the August 2020 protest in Kenosha. Rittenhouse has said he acted in self-defense.

Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder is expected to consider remaining motions Tuesday, including Rittenhouse's requests to dismiss a charge that he possessed his gun illegally and to allow testimony from a police use-of-force expert.

Prosecutors want to introduce video of Rittenhouse talking about wanting to shoot some men he thought were shoplifting. 

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