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Illinois judge OKs extradition of Rittenhouse to Wisconsin

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Kyle Rittenhouse looks at as he listens to defense attorney John Pierce during an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill. Rittenhouse is accused of killing two protesters days after Jacob Blake was shot by police in Kenosha, Wis.

UPDATE: WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge has ordered the extradition of a 17-year-old accused in the fatal shooting of two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

The ruling against Kyle Rittenhouse came Friday after a hearing in Waukegan, Illinois.

Defense lawyers sought to convince the judge to block their client's transfer to Wisconsin to face homicide charges.

Rittenhouse's attorneys say he acted in self-defense when he opened fire during unrest following the shooting of a Black man by a white Kenosha police officer.

Lake County prosecutors said it should be up to a Wisconsin judge, not one in Illinois, to decide whether there are sufficient grounds for charges.

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Write

UPDATE: According to ABC News, the extradition hearing for Kyle Rittenhouse concluded without a decision from the judge.

The judge said he would issue a ruling by 5 pm CT.

ABC News reports that Rittenhouse's attorney John Pierce had planned to call witnesses to the stand, including Rittenhouse's mother, but did not call any.

He instead argued that the extradition papers have defects — namely that the criminal complaint was not sworn before a magistrate in Wisconsin.

CHICAGO (AP) — The mother of a 17-year-old accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin, is among those slated to testify at a hearing in Illinois to decide if her son should be extradited across the border to stand trial on homicide charges.

During Friday’s hearing, Kyle Rittenhouse’s lawyers also planned to call an expert on self-defense and former homicide detectives in their long-shot bid to block his extradition.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 9:30 am CT.

The killings occurred on Aug. 25, two days after a police officer trying to arrest Jacob Blake shot him seven times in the back, paralyzing him from the waist down.

State-to-state extraditions are typically formalities and judges rarely refuse to OK another state’s request to transfer a suspect.

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer

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