Accused Kenosha shooter Kyle Rittenhouse has hired Wesley Snipes’ former tax attorney to represent him as he fights first-degree murder charges in Wisconsin state court.
Rittenhouse, who lives in Illinois, is accused of traveling across state lines and fatally shooting two men and wounding a third during protests in Kenosha, Wisconsin, last August in the wake of the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
In addition to Snipes, Barnes has represented conspiracy theorist and Infowars founder Alex Jones, as well as eight students from Covington Catholic High School in a 2019 lawsuit against various reporters and news outlets claiming they had been defamed. Barnes is joining Rittenhouse’s defense team as prosecutors seek a $200,000 increase to the teenager’s $2-million bond after he moved to a new address without notifying the court.
Editor’s note: This story has been updated to reflect that Blake acknowledged he had a knife at the time of the incident.