Kyle Rittenhouse homicide trial scheduled to begin November 1st

KENOSHA, Wis. — The trial for Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois man accused of killing two people during protests last summer in Kenosha, is being scheduled for the first two weeks in November.

A judge scheduled the trial to start November 1st during a pre-trial conference Friday in Kenosha County. It was Rittenhouse’s first in-person court appearance since being charged last year with multiple counts of homicide after he allegedly shot two people in the streets of Kenosha during unrest following the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of the shootings but has since turned 18, claims he was acting in self-defense after he crossed state lines to protect businesses during the unrest.

Video circulated on social media shows Rittenhouse carrying a rifle and shooting three people: Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz. Rosenbaum and Huber died, while Grosskreutz survived. Video also shows Rittenhouse walking past police with his hands up and getting away as protesters yelled at police that he just shot someone.

He later turned himself into police and saw his $2 million bail paid for by Conservative groups and crowdfunding efforts.

Rittenhouse’s trial was originally scheduled to begin in late March, but was delayed by several months.

Rittenhouse faces charges of first degree reckless homicide, first degree intentional homicide, attempted first degree intentional homicide, two counts of first degree recklessly endangering safety, and a misdemeanor charge of possessing a dangerous weapon under the age of 18.