Kyle Rittenhouse is asking that the gun he used to kill two protesters and injure a third be returned to him, according to court documents.
A motion, filed by his attorney Mark Richards in Kenosha County Circuit Court on Wednesday, sought the return of the AR-15-style rifle to the 19-year-old so it could be “properly destroyed”.
“Mr Rittenhouse wishes all his property to be released and returned to him,” the motion reads.
“Mr. Rittenhouse further wishes to ensure that the firearm in question is properly destroyed.”
The gun has been in the position of authorities since August 26, 2020, when Mr. Rittenhouse was arrested a day after the shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Mr Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time, shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, Anthony Huber and Gaige Grosskreutz on August 25, 2020 during a night of unrest following the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake.
Mr. Rosenbaum and Mr. Huber were killed while Mr. Grosskreutz survived.
During his highly publicized homicide trial in November, Mr Rittenhouse said he acted in self-defence when he was attacked.
Prosecutors claimed it was the teenager who instigated the violence and then used lethal force.
Mr Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges in November.
In the application, Mr Rittenhouse’s lawyer writes that the gun was bought for Mr Rittenhouse by his friend Dominick Black on the grounds that it would become Mr Rittenhouse’s on his 18th birthday.
Mr Rittenhouse was 17 at the time and therefore could not legally buy a gun, while Mr Black was 18.
With Mr Rittenhouse now 19, the gun is legally his, according to the documents.
Black reached a plea deal with prosecutors in January, admitting two counts of contributing to the delinquency of a minor and he was fined $2,000.
Mr Rittenhouse is also seeking the return of other items seized by officers after his arrest, the motion says.
These include: ammunition, a gun sling, a 30-round magazine, an iPhone with case, its cloth face mask, a $1 bill, a tan baseball cap with the American flag, and a hook on the visor, and the clothes he wore on the night of the shoot.
A spokesman for Mr Rittenhouse said the teenager wanted to destroy the gun and other items from the night of the shooting so they could not be used to ‘celebrate’ what happened pass.
“At the end of the day, two people lost their lives, period,” David Hancock told the Associated Press.
“This weapon was involved in this. This weapon has no place on a coat.
“It has no place in a museum. It belongs where Kyle wants it, and Kyle wants it destroyed.
He added: “There are a lot of people who would like to hold these items, on both sides. It’s nothing Kyle cares about.
The teenager previously expressed his wish to destroy the gun during an interview in November.
“We don’t want anything to do with it,” he said, adding that the assault rifle was “destroyed right now.”
In Wednesday’s motion, his lawyer said he had previously requested the release of the personal property but that it had not yet been returned.
A hearing on the motion is scheduled for January 28.
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