Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teenager accused of killing two men during the Jacob Blake protests in Wisconsin this summer, was released on bail Friday and was released from jail, authorities said.
MyPillow Inc. founder Michael Lindell and former “Silver Spoons” child actor Ricky Schroder played a key role in “putting us on top” by raising $ 2 million for bail, according to Rittenhouse defense attorney. , Lin Wood.
Wood tweeted a photo of defense team attorney John Pierce and Schroder hugging and smiling with Rittenhouse.
“Just on the phone with Kyle. With tears in my eyes, I listened as he expressed his appreciation to The People for their prayers, donations and support,” Wood said in a tweeted statement. “He prayed every day and every night and said that God would pick him up every time he fell. Kyle is a hero. So are his followers. Keep him in your prayers.”
Schroeder is a prominent Hollywood conservative, while Lindell is a staunch supporter of President Donald Trump. Lindell repeated unfounded conspiracy theories Friday morning that Trump was duped and failed to achieve a landslide victory, in a post Twitter flagged.
Rittenhouse’s bail was posted around 2 p.m. CST on Friday, and “he is no longer being held in the Kenosha County Jail,” according to a statement from Kenosha County Sheriff’s Sgt. David Wright.
Rittenhouse, a 17-year-old from Antioch, Illinois, has been charged with first degree manslaughter, first degree reckless murder, attempted first degree manslaughter and other charges related to the death of 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum, and Anthony Huber, 26, on August 25.
The teenager claimed he was acting in self-defense.
Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley and attorneys representing Huber could not be immediately reached for comment Friday.
Rittenhosue said he was on the streets of Kenosha that night, armed with an AR-15 and carrying medical supplies, to protect local businesses and provide first aid that night.
In a jail time interview with the Washington Post published Thursday, Rittenhouse said he used money from a coronavirus stimulus check to buy the AR-15 with the help of a 19-year-old friend.
The accused murderer said he does not regret having armed himself with a high-powered weapon.
“No, I don’t regret it,” he said. “I would have died that night if I hadn’t. I feel like I have to protect myself.”
Blake, who is black, was shot in the back by a white police officer on August 23 in a confrontation captured by a passerby’s cell phone.
The shooting sparked days of sometimes violent protests in the southeastern Wisconsin city. Blake’s shot led the Milwaukee Bucks, who normally play their home games 40 miles north, to lead a brief NBA outing.