Kyle Rittenhouse watches a jury release from a room during a recess during a trial at the Kenosha County Courthouse in Kenosha, Wisconsin on November 15, 2021. (Sean Krajacic / The Kenosha News via AP, Pool)
KENOSHA, Wisconsin – On Friday, a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse of all charges.
The jury returned the verdict immediately after 12:10 pm local time, and the court clerk read out their verdict in the courtroom.
Rittenhouse, 18, faced life in prison on five charges, including first-degree reckless murder. The sixth charge was dropped on Monday.
Rittenhouse shot three men in Kenosha on August 25, 2020. The first man, Joseph Rosenbaum, stepped on him. Rosenbaum’s hand was above the barrel of the rifle that Rittenhouse was holding, according to expert testimony during the trial. The closest witness said that Rosenbaum rushed for the weapon.
Rittenhouse ran towards law enforcement officers, but was attacked by several people, including 26-year-old Anthony Huber, who hit Rittenhouse in the head with a skateboard. Rittenhouse shot Huber.
The third person to be shot, Gaige Grosskreutz, now 28, pointed a pistol at Rittenhouse when he was shot at.
Rosenbaum and Huber died of their wounds. Grosskreutz survived.
Defense lawyers and Rittenhouse said all three shootings were in self-defense. Prosecutors said that Rittenhouse had shown negligence and recklessness in handling weapons and had to surrender to those who attacked him.