17-year old Kyle Rittenhouse was ordered to stand trial on homicide charges in the fatal shooting of two men and the wounding of another in August during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, ABC News reports.
During a preliminary hearing conducted via video link, Kenosha County Circuit Court Commissioner Loren Keating ruled that there was enough evidence to warrant a trial for the Aug. 25 killings of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26.
Rittenhouse faces two felony charges of homicide in the death of Rosenbaum and Huber, a felony attempted homicide charge in the wounding of Gaige Grosskreutz, 22, and possession of a dangerous weapon while under the age of 18.
Rittenhouse was released from custody last month on $2 million bail backed by “Silver Spoons” actor Ricky Schroder.
The teenager did not enter a plea or say anything during the hearing.
Rittenhouse’s lawyer, Mark Richards tried to convince the court that the teenager was acting in self-defense, but Keating ruled the argument of self defense should be made at trial and not a preliminary hearing.
Rittenhouse is scheduled to be arraigned on Jan. 5 in Kenosha County Circuit Court.
Rittenhouse’s attorneys said the teenager traveled to Kenosha, from his hometown of Antioch, Illinois, on the day of the shooting to answer “his patriotic and civil duty to serve” the city “during a destructive insurrection.