Much attention has been directed at Rittenhouse’s case proceedings, particularly as a cause célèbre among right-wing circles. His supporters welcomed the news on November 20 that he left jail after an apparent fundraising effort met the $2 million required.
Now, where he awaits trial is in question.
“God bless ALL who donated to help #FightBack raise required $2M cash bail. Special thanks to Actor Ricky Schroder @rickyshroder1 & Mike Lindell @realMikeLindell for putting us over the top. Kyle is SAFE. Thanks to ALL who helped this boy,” read the tweet.
At a January 5 arraignment, Rittenhouse pleaded not guilty to two felony counts of homicide and a felony count of attempted homicide, among other charges. He attended virtually via Zoom.
State requests for further restrictions
Less than two hours after his arraignment, Rittenhouse, now 18, was seen at a local bar with his mother, an outing confirmed by surveillance video, according to prosecutors.
In Wisconsin, it is legal for someone under 21 to possess and consume alcohol if a parent is present. Rittenhouse cannot legally consume alcohol in public in his home state, Illinois.
Prosecutors also requested that Rittenhouse be prohibited from “publicly displaying symbols and gestures that are associated with violent white supremacist groups and from associating with known members of those groups, particularly the Proud Boys.”
Attorney Richards stated in a filing that Rittenhouse had never been a member of the groups listed and did not object to the new conditions regarding alcohol, White supremacist hand signals and group affiliation.
Attorney John Pierce, who was part of Rittenhouse’s defense team until mid-January, signed an affidavit filed Wednesday saying due to numerous death threats, “arrangements were made for the Rittenhouse family to reside at a ‘Safe House’ in an unidentified location” once bail was posted.
Rittenhouse is due back in court on March 10, with jury selection set to begin March 29.
CNN’s Omar Jimenez, Joe Sutton, Brad Parks, Artemis Moshtaghian, Kay Jones and Ray Sanchez contributed to this report.