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Kyle Rittenhouse, Charged with Killing 2 Kenosha Protesters, Held on $2M Bond

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Kyle Rittenhouse sits while listening during an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, Pool)
Kyle Rittenhouse sits while listening during an extradition hearing in Lake County court Friday, Oct. 30, 2020, in Waukegan, Ill. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, Pool)

After months of back and forth discussion on the fate of the Illinois teenager Kyle Rittenhouse, accused of killing two protesters and wounding another during protests in Kenosha after the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Wisconsin court has set a $2 million bond for him.

What We Know:

  • Rittenhouse was detained at his Antioch, Illinois home only a day after the August 25th shooting of two men, 36-year-old Joseph Rosenbaum and 26-year-old Anthony Huber, who were fatally shot that night of demonstrations. A third man, Gaige Grosskreutz, was also injured.
  • After he was extradited back to Wisconsin on Friday, the 17-year-old appeared in a Kenosha County court via video on Monday. According to court records, he faces two felony homicide charges, attempted homicide, underage possession of a dangerous weapon, and reckless endangerment.
  • The bond came about when Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger imposed to Court Commissioner Loren Keating to have the bond at $2 million due to the severity of the charges and because the court believes Rittenhouse is a “flight risk”.

“There is a certainty that if the defendant is convicted, he will be sent to prison and a strong likelihood that he will serve most, if not the remainder of his life, in prison if he is convicted of these charges,” Binger stated in the hearing.

  • Binger also made a point that the shooter did not reside in Wisconsin and that his attorneys fought extradition. “I take that all to mean that the defendant doesn’t want to be here and if released, won’t come back,” he said.
  • The shootings happened during a night of protests where unrest erupted after a viral video of Jacob Blake’s shooting went public. The officers involved have since been put on administrative leave, and a Wisconsin Department of Justice has an ongoing investigation of the incident.
  • Back to the viral video of Rittenhouse, he fled the scene of the shooting and walked towards the police. There was a distinct moment when Rittenhouse stated, “I just killed somebody.” In retaliation, others attacked him and from the crowd, one could hear people yelling “Beat him up!” and “Get him,” according to complaints filed by prosecutors

Before the $2M bond was set, Rittenhouse’s attorney Mark Richards, stated during Monday’s hearing that his client was attacked and acted in self-defense. He explained how Rittenhouse seemingly tried to turn himself in after the shooting but police ignored his approach. Richards later requested for the bond to be set to $750,000, but to no avail.

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Javier Garay is a digital intern with Unmutedco. He graduated from the University of North Georgia with a Bachelor of Science (B.S) in Film/Digital Media with a concentration in Media Studies. He is a contributor and editor for Black News Alerts (BNA), a BNA and BossFM social media contributor, and is the lead of the BNA Daily Podcast Team.

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Man Arrested After Shooting At Gilroy Cops During Pursuit

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A 36-year-old man was arrested Wednesday night after he led Gilroy police officers on a high-speed pursuit.

What We Know:

  • The chase occurred around 9 p.m after police attempted to stop a man named Joshua Munoz. According to authorities, Munoz had warrants out for his arrest and was wanted for outstanding felony and misdemeanor charges.
  • Munoz was charged with possession of a firearm, resisting arrest, child endangerment, brandishing a weapon, burglary, and violating probation. Munoz was pursued by officers onto Highway 101 where he allegedly opened fire. Reportedly, he held a pistol out of the driver’s side window and fired a round at officers. Nobody was injured during the incident.
  • The pursuit reached Monterey County and then the California Highway Patrol took over the chase. Munoz eventually lost control of his vehicle and crashed. Afterward, Munoz attempted to flee, but officers managed to capture him.
  • Police recovered a handgun and rifle on the scene. Munoz was later booked into Santa Clara County jail. In addition to previous warrants, Munoz has also been charged with attempted murder of a police officer, felony evasion, felon in possession of a firearm, and resisting arrest.

Police are still investigating and are asking anyone with additional information to contact detectives at 408-046-0335 or the anonymous tip line at 408-846-0330.

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Teen Couple Joked About Dad’s Killing in New Video Evidence

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A 16-year-old girl and her 18-year-old boyfriend allegedly stabbed her father to death in April.

What We Know:

  • The couple allegedly made vlogs about the crime in the aftermath of the incident. The videos are being used as evidence in the case and have been presented to a Nevada grand jury this week. The videos were recorded with the intent to post them online but were never posted.
  • Aaron Guerrero and Sierra Halseth are charged with murdering Daniel Halseth, Sierra’s father. The couple then burned down the Halseth’s home, which incinerated Daniel’s corpse. In the video, Guerrero can be quoted as saying, “It was worth it.”
  • Sierra and Aaron both face counts of conspiracy to commit murder. Other charges include murder with a deadly weapon, first-degree arson, fraudulent use of credit cards, conspiracy to commit robbery, and robbery with a deadly weapon. The couple was caught on surveillance footage from Home Depot and WinCo purchasing the supplies needed to start a fire.
  • According to CBS 8, the couple’s credit card and debit card receipts match the purchases. Authorities revealed that the couple had been dating for seven months before their parents agreed they shouldn’t date. After the incident, the couple fled to Salt Lake City. The pair was arrested in Utah, and a bloody rug was found in the teenager’s trunk.

The couple was extradited to Clark County, Nevada, and denied bail.

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Man Accused of Kidnapping Dallas Boy Faces New Murder Charge

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A Dallas man initially accused of kidnapping four year old Cash Gernon is now being charged with capital murder.

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  • An 18-year-old from Dallas allegedly kidnapped a sleeping Gernon from his bed last month. He is now being charged with capital murder after the toddler was found stabbed to death a few blocks away. Darriynn Brown’s charges have been upgraded on Wednesday night. This is after new evidence has been found linking him to the murder.
  • Dallas police say “evidence submitted to the lab has been returned linking” Brown to the young boy. Authorities have not specified what DNA evidence they have. Police did not immediately identify Brown as the suspect. Brown was identified later on via surveillance footage taking Gernon from his bed around 5 a.m.
  • Two hours after the incident, a jogger came across Gernon’s dead body lying in the street with multiple stab wounds. At the time, Cash and his twin brother Carter were staying with their father’s girlfriend, Monica Sherrod. Their father allegedly skipped town to outrun drug charges. Carter is now in the custody of his mother, Melina Seagroves.
  • Police allege that Brown knew Sherrod and her teenage son, but their exact relationship is unclear. Before the DNA was returned, Brown was already facing kidnapping and burglary charges. In February, Brown walked into another Dallas home attempting to snatch a two year old girl but was stopped by her grandfather. Brown attacked the man and fled the scene without the girl.

Brown was charged with burglary and injury to an elderly person in that incident.

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