KENOSHA shooter Kyle Rittenhouse, who is hiding in a “safe house,” has fired the attorney who had been raising money for his case.
Rittenhouse, 18, fired Los Angeles lawyer John Pierce on Monday, his supporters on the FreeKyleUSA Twitter account said on Thursday.
In tweet on Thursday, Pierce seemed to confirm he was no longer representing Rittenhouse.
“John Pierce freed Kyle. John Pierce fought with every fiber of his being for Kyle. John Pierce wants nothing but for Kyle to be acquitted and live a healthy, happy life,” Pierce wrote.
“John Pierce is ferociously loyal to all of his clients, including all former clients. Mission accomplished.”
Pierce had objected to creating a trust to manage donations for Rittenhouse, according to FreeKyleUSA.
Rittenhouse is staying at a secret “safe house” because he has received numerous death threats, according to his other lawyer, Wisconsin-based Mark Richards.
Pierce solicited money from conservatives for Rittenhouse’s $2million bail in November, and took the lead in the teenager’s defense.
In December, Pierce removed himself from Rittenhouse’s criminal case as prosecutors alleged he should not be allowed to fundraise for his client because he had significant financial difficulties.
However, Pierce had continued to represent Rittenhouse on civil matters.
Rittenhouse quickly moved on from Pierce.
FreeKyleUSA tweeted that Rittenhouse hired another Los Angeles lawyer, Robert Barnes, who confirmed it.
“Happy to join the #KyleRittenhouse team,” Barnes tweeted on Thursday.
“Kid's innocent, and everybody knows it.”
Rittenhouse is charged with first-degree homicide in the August 25 shooting of three people in Kenosha, Wisconsin, as hundreds protested the police shooting of black man Jacob Blake.
He was 17 years old when he allegedly shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, 26.
Rittenhouse, who argues he fired in self-defense, was released from prison on a $2million bail in November.
But a judge is considering whether to issue a new arrest warrant for Rittenhouse because prosecutors claim he violated his bail conditions.
The Kenosha County District Attorney's Office said Rittenhouse did not tell the court about his address change within 48 hours.
Rittenhouse upon getting out on bail listed his home address as on the 200 block of Anita Terrace in Antioch, but detectives who went there spoke to a man who said Rittenhouse had moved out.
Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger asked the judge to increase Rittenhouse’s bond by $200,000 and order him to update his address in writing.
Richards filed an objection to the motions.
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