WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — Illinois authorities have extradited a 17-year-old accused of killing two demonstrators in Kenosha, Wisconsin.
Christopher Covelli, a spokesman for Illinois’ Lake County Sheriff’s Office, told The Associated Press that deputies picked up Kyle Rittenhouse immediately after Judge Paul Novak issued the ruling at the courthouse in Waukegan.
The deputies then drove him five miles to the Illinois-Wisconsin border.
Covelli says Rittenhouse was turned over to Kenosha County sheriff deputies at the state line at around 3:45 p.m.
The ruling and speedy transfer came several hours after a hearing Friday morning in which Judge Novak heard arguments for and against extradition.
WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) -- An Illinois judge OKs extradition of 17-year-old accused in Kenosha shootings to face homicide charges in 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.
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.