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Illinois judge OKs extradition of Rittenhouse to Wisconsin

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Kyle Rittenhouse, 17 year old arrested for murder in Kenosha, Wisconsin protest shooting. Photo Date: Aug. 2020.

WAUKEGAN, Ill. (AP) — An Illinois judge has ordered the extradition of a 17-year-old accused in the fatal shooting of two demonstrators in Kenosha, 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.

By MICHAEL TARM AP Legal Affairs Writer

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