Illinois teenager Kyle Rittenhouse, who is accused of fatally shooting two protesters in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was released from Kenosha County Jail on Monday after sending a $ 2 million bond, according to authorities.
Rittenhouse’s bond was announced at. 14 Friday, according to the Kenosha County Sheriff’s office.
In a tweet Friday, Rittenhouse lawyer Lin Wood said “God bless EVERYONE who donated to help #FightBack raise the required $ 2 million cash bail.”
Wood also gave a shout out to actor Ricky Schroder and Mike Lindell, CEO of MyPillow for “putting us over the top.”
Later that evening, Wood tweeted a photo of Rittenhouse along with John Pierce, another lawyer representing the teenager, and Schroder.
“Thank you, all donors. Thank you, all patriots. Thank God,” the tweet said.
Prosecutors in Kenosha County charged Rittenhouse of Antioch, Illinois, with lethal shooting at Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber during a protest over a police shooting in August. They have also accused him of injuring a third man, Gaige Grosskreutz.
Rittenhouse faces several counts, including premeditated murder and illegally possessing a gun. His lawyers claim he acted in self-defense. The case has been a rallying point for conservatives who are saddened by property destruction during protests across the country this year.
Rittenhouse surrendered to police in Antioch the morning after the shooting. He was later extradited to Wisconsin and his bail was set at $ 2 million.
Prosecutors have charged Dominick Black, 19, of Kenosha with supplying the gun used in the shooting.
In a video taken from Antioch’s police department, Black told police what Rittenhouse allegedly said to him on the drive after the shooting.
Black told police Rittenhouse said he fired because people attacked him and killed him.
“He said with a skateboard and then pieces of wood,” Black said.
The 17-year-old sister, Faith, was at the same police station a few hours after the shooting.
“He was crying, said I had to shoot,” she told me.
Rittenhouse spoke publicly in his first interview since his arrest earlier this week.
In a telephone interview with the Washington Post, Rittenhouse revealed that the gun he used for the shooting was purchased using money he received from an unemployment check during the coronavirus pandemic. Rittenhouse, 17, could not legally buy the weapon himself, so he gave the money to a friend to buy it for him, according to both Rittenhouse and police reports.
“I got my $ 1,200 from coronavirus Illinois unemployment because I was running from the YMCA, and I got my first unemployment check, so I was like, ‘Oh, I use this to buy it,'” he told the Post.
In his interview, Rittenhouse said he did not regret having a gun that night and said “I had to protect myself.”
“I would be dead that night if I did not,” he said.
NBC 5 reached out to Rittenhouse’s lawyers on Friday night as well as actor Ricky Schroder, but we have not yet received a response.