A Wisconsin jury reached verdicts Friday in the homicide trial of Kyle Rittenhouse, the Illinois teenager who shot and killed two men and wounded a third at a protest last year. The jury found him not guilty on all charges.
Kenosha County Circuit Judge Bruce Schroeder announced around noon CT that the verdict had been reached, capping a trial that began with opening statements two weeks ago.
Rittenhouse, now 18, is accused of reckless homicide in the slaying of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and intentional homicide in the fatal shooting of Anthony Huber, 26, during an Aug. 25, 2020, social justice protest in Kenosha.
Rittenhouse and other armed men said they went to Kenosha to protect private property during the violent, chaotic protest.
In addition to the two homicide counts, Rittenhouse was also charged with attempted intentional homicide in the shooting of Gaige Grosskreutz, 27. The paramedic from suburban Milwaukee had gone to the protest to provide medical aid and was carrying a Glock pistol when Rittenhouse shot him at close range.
Rittenhouse is also facing two counts of recklessly endangering safety. He attempted to shoot an unknown person, known in court as “jump kick man,” who tried kicking the defendant in the face and prosecutors said Rittenhouse could have wounded another man when he opened fire on Rosenbaum.
Rittenhouse testified in his own defense last week and said all the shootings were acts of self-defense.
The trial has drawn national attention, focusing on issues on gun rights and race.
Wisconsin Gov. Tony Evers has pleaded for calm but has deployed 500 National Guard in anticipation of post-verdict protests.