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A Wisconsin judge on Thursday denied a request to increase Kyle Rittenhouse’s $2 million bond and issue an arrest warrant for him after a prosecutor argued that the teenager, charged in the fatal shootings of two men at a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, violated conditions of his release by failing to report to the court the address of a “safe house” to which he’s moved.
But Schroeder noted there is no evidence that Rittenhouse is a flight risk or has violated his bond conditions by committing a crime, which would be required for him to grant the prosecution’s two motions.
“To issue a warrant now for a defendant who has appeared at every hearing, I’d be breaking the law, and I’m not going to do it,” Schroeder said.
Schroeder ordered Rittenhouse to provide his current physical address to the court and the Kenosha County Sheriff’s Office and ruled that the information would be kept under seal, due to concerns for Rittenhouse’s safety. Mark Richards, an attorney for Rittenhouse, said the suspect has received threats.
Richards told the judge he would provide the information to the court clerk by the end of the day on Thursday. The judge declined to order that the address be provided to the district attorney’s office.