Kenosha County judge to consider motions in Kyle Rittenhouse case

KENOSHA, Wis. (CBS 58) --  A Kenosha County Circuit Court judge is set to hear arguments Friday, Sept. 17 over whether or not new pieces of evidence and information should be included in the trial of Kyle Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse is charged with killing two men and injuring a third during unrest in Kenosha in August of 2020 that followed the shooting of Jacob Blake by a Kenosha police officer. He was 17 at the time of the shooting.

The Illinois man's trial is scheduled to being Nov. 1.

Ahead of the trial, the prosecution is seeking to have more evidence and information admitted to be used.

That includes a video prosecutors say is of Rittenhouse being heard threatening to shoot three people outside a CVS pharmacy because he thought they were shoplifting.

Prosecutors say there is no evidence there was any shoplifting happening.

"I wish I had my [expletive] AR, I'd start shooting rounds at them," a voice that prosecutors say is Rittenhouse can be heard saying.

The video is from 15 days before Aug. 25, 2020, the night the trial is focused on.

Prosecutors argue the video should be included as evidence in the trial because it, "provides crucial insight" into Rittenhouse's state of mind the night of the shooting.

The defense disagrees and will try to get Judge Bruce Schroeder to side with them in denying the video being used in the trial.

Prosecutors also want a list of everyone who contributed to the "Free Kyle" defense fund.

They want to know if any potential jurors donated to the defense.

Rittenhouse's defense argues that information can be asked of the jury pool during selection.

The motion hearing is set for 10 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 17.

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