On Friday, jurors in the Kyle Rittenhouse trial in Kenosha, Wisconsin, gave a verdict of Not Guilty on all five counts ending an intense trial that was a major story surrounding the violent unrest in the city last summer after the police shooting of Jacob Blake.
Rittenhouse, 18, was facing a mandatory life sentence if he was found guilty for the first-degree intentional homicide charge.
The verdict came after four days of of deliberations and 15th day of the trial. Rumors are coming out that the women who served as the foreperson for the jury was the lone holdout.
Police officers, mainstream news media and protesters were in place all around the Kenosha County Courthouse on Friday waiting for the verdict.
Rittenhouse was facing charges of first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety after he shot two people fatally and injured a third person during the second night of civil unrest in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020.
The evidence and even witnesses for the prosecution all pointed to Rittenhouse merely defending himself.
On Monday, Judge Bruce Schroeder threw out a charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 after the defense team argued that a subsection of the law concerning short-barreled rifles as grounds for dismissal. The prosecutors never measured the barrel of the Smith and Wesson M&P 15 rifle Rittenhouse was carrying that fateful night.
Rittenhouse’s attorneys argued that their then-17-year-old client was acting in self-defense when he was attacked from behind when he shot Gaige Grosskreutz, Joseph Rosenbaum, and Anthony Huber.
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