Rittenhouse has preliminary hearing on Wisconsin charges

KENOSHA, Wis. (AP) — A 17-year-old from Illinois accused of killing two men during an August protest in Wisconsin faces a preliminary hearing in the case. Hearings such as the one Thursday in Kenosha are generally used to determine whether enough evidence exists to proceed to a trial.

Kyle Rittenhouse is charged with homicide and attempted homicide in the shootings.

They came during a night of unrest in Kenosha following the police shooting two days earlier of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Rittenhouse is free on $2 million bond largely provided by supporters who see him as a patriot who was trying to protect other people’s property.

Others view him as a trigger-happy youth whose presence with a rifle incited protesters.