Mark Richards, who led the defense of the now 18-year-old Kyle Rittenhouse, says he can’t answer his phone because he is receiving so many death threats.
On Saturday, Nov. 20, Richards told Insider he has received so many death threats recently that he “can’t count,” adding “It’s too high.”
Rittenhouse was found not guilty on all counts by a jury in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Friday, Nov. 19. The verdict came on the fourth day of deliberations and the 15th day of the trial.
A jury cleared Rittenhouse of all charges related to the Aug. 25, 2020, incident in Kenosha, Wisconsin, in which he shot three people with an AR-15 style semiautomatic file, killing two and injuring the other during protests against police brutality.
Rittenhouse claims that he fired in self-defense after the men attacked him.
“By the time I left the courthouse yesterday and started answering my phone, the first three calls were death threats, and I just quit answering my phone,” Richards said.
The attorney has eventually switched to his wife’s cellphone, which he used to talk with Insider. However, he noted that her number has also been targeted by people making death threats.
“I would love for things to change, for people to talk to one another without fighting, but, unfortunately, I don’t see it changing it any time soon,” the attorney said.
“I’m going through my emails, there are threatening emails too,” Richards continued.