Rittenhouse released from Kenosha County Jail

    Kenosha County Jail
    Kyle Rittenhouse was released from the Kenosha County Jail on Nov. 20. (Photo: Kenneth C. Zirkel - CC BY-SA 4.0)

    Kyle Rittenhouse posted his $2 million bail and was released from Kenosha County Jail Friday, his lawyer said on Twitter. 

    The 17-year-old is charged with two counts of first degree homicide and one count of attempted homicide after shooting three people at a protest for racial justice in Kenosha in August, killing two. He also faces several related weapons charges. 

    Rittenhouse’s lawyer, Lin Wood, tweeted Friday afternoon that Rittenhouse was out of jail after the $2 million was raised through donations — including from conservative figure Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow. 

    Rittenhouse’s legal team and mother have been appearing on conservative media outlets to raise money for bail and defense costs. 

    “KYLE RITTENHOUSE IS OUT OF JAIL,” Wood wrote. “God bless ALL who donated to help #FightBack raise required $2M cash bail. …Kyle is SAFE. Thanks to ALL who helped this boy.”

    Rittenhouse has become something of a martyr in conservative circles since the shooting, which happened at a protest against police violence in the wake of a Kenosha police officer shooting Jacob Blake. 

    “Kyle Rittenhouse is 17 years old,” Wood wrote in another tweet. “Since August 25, he has been a political prisoner. All Kyle did was try to help others & defend himself when attacked. We The People did not let him down. We raised over $2M for his bail & a portion of his defense costs. We will keep fighting.” 

    The conditions of Rittenhouse’s bail dictate he not possess any weapons or firearms and not have any contact with several people — including Dominic Black, the 19-year-old charged with buying the firearm Rittenhouse used in the shooting. 

    Rittenhouse is next scheduled to appear at a preliminary hearing on Dec. 3.

    Henry Redman
    Henry Redman is a staff reporter for the Wisconsin Examiner who focuses on covering Wisconsin's towns and rural areas. He previously covered crime and courts at the Daily Jefferson County Union. A lifelong Midwesterner, he was born in Cleveland, Ohio and graduated from Loyola University Chicago with a degree in journalism in May 2019.