MADISON, Wis. (AP) — An 18-year-old from Illinois who’s accused of killing two individuals and wounding a 3rd throughout a police brutality protest in Wisconsin final summer season fired a California attorney who had been soliciting money for his case.
John Pierce, a Los Angeles lawyer, had been on the forefront of Kyle Rittenhouse’s protection, serving to raise money from conservatives to publish Rittenhouse’s $2 million bail in November. He additionally employed attorney Mark Richards to deal with proceedings in Wisconsin.
Rittenhouse, who is white and was 17 on the time, is accused of shooting three people in Kenosha in August as lots of have been protesting the police taking pictures of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Rittenhouse, who had come to Kenosha from his residence in close by Antioch, Illinois, has argued they attacked him and he fired in self-defense.
Pierce eliminated himself from Rittenhouse’s felony case in December after prosecutors alleged he has “significant financial difficulties” and shouldn’t be allowed to raise money for Rittenhouse. He remained Rittenhouse’s attorney on civil issues
Rittenhouse supporters tweeted on their FreeKyleUSA account on Thursday that Rittenhouse fired Pierce on Monday morning. Pierce confirmed as a lot, tweeting that he had fought with “every fiber” of his being for Rittenhouse.
Another tweet on FreeKyleUSA stated Rittenhouse had employed one other Los Angeles attorney, Robert Barnes. Barnes confirmed the hire on Twitter on Thursday night.
“Happy to join the #KyleRittenhouse team. Kid’s innocent, and everybody knows it,” Barnes tweeted.
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