The Moment The Kyle Rittenhouse Verdict Was Read

Jurors in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Friday declared Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts, capping off an intense trial surrounding the deadly unrest in that city last summer.

Rittenhouse, 18, would have faced a mandatory life sentence if found guilty and convicted of first-degree intentional homicide.

“I couldn’t have asked for a better jury to work with and it has truly been my pleasure,” Judge Bruce Schroeder said after delivering the verdict. “I think, without commenting on your verdict, the verdicts themselves, just in terms of your attentiveness and the cooperation that you gave to us, justifies the confidence that the founders of our country placed in you so I dismiss you at this time.”

He continued: “You’re never under any obligation to discuss any aspect of this case with anyone. You’re welcome to do so as little or as much as you want.”

The verdict came on the fourth day of deliberations and 15th day of the trial.

“The jury has represented our community in this trial and has spoken,” Kenosha County Assistant District Attorney Thomas Binger said Friday after the verdict.

Jurors deliberated for a total of 26 hours and found Rittenhouse not guilty on five counts including first-degree reckless homicide, two counts of first-degree intentional homicide and two counts of first-degree reckless endangerment. Judge Bruce Schroeder had previously dismissed two additional counts related to his weapon.

The jury was made up of seven women and five men, including one male person of color. Schroeder said Friday that jurors were allowed to speak to the media if they so wished, but none commented as they left the courthouse on Friday after the verdict. Many left with masks and put their hoods up as they exited.

Local officers, media and protesters were seen positioned around the Kenosha County Courthouse Friday.

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 fatally shot two people and injured a third person during the second night of civil unrest in Kenosha on Aug. 25, 2020.

The judge tossed one charge of possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18 on Monday after Rittenhouse’s defense team argued that a subsection of the law concerning short-barreled rifles was grounds for dismissal. 

His attorneys argued that the then-17-year-old was acting in self-defense after being attacked from behind when he shot Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, as well as deceased Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26 in the riots following the police shooting of a 29-year-old Black man, Jacob Blake.

This is a developing story; check back for updates.

Fox News’ Jiovanni Lieggi contributed to this report.

Originally posted here.

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6 comments

  1. I am pleased that they actually came thru with a true verdict !! I am also surprised that Kenosha is still standing !!

  2. I am happy for Kyle Rittenhouse, and I hope that the Kenosha PD will be ALLOWED to do their job and STOP the violent trash rioting in the streets !!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Kyle came to Kenosha to help minimize the destruction caused by the communist insurrectionists. The communists had their asses handed back to them thanks to the 17 year old patriot. Thank you Kyle for standing up against evil. Your actions showed great courage and restraint a rare trait in today’s American society. A thousand thank yous!!!

  4. I have a great idea. to all the fools who know nothing about the real world, I propose this. go to any blm or antifa riot, and see if you feel the same way after thugs try to murder you. you will be wishing you had a gun then. when someones life is in imminent danger, the self-preservation mode kicks in. no one wants to die unless they are ignorant. lets see the bleeding hearts react to the danger to themselves or their loved ones. I guarantee you they will try to fight like hell, or in some cases, will roll up in a ball, cry and pee themselves and beg for mercy. that doesn’t cut it when you are facing a criminal, which all bam and antifa thugs are. most everyone of them has some kind of prior encounter with the law. that their minds have been twisted by the so called teachers and professors makes them view the world a lot differently than the average person. they feel entitled to their actions, that somehow we owe them something. these mothers who are so against guns should travel to Chicago and preach to the masses there. but they won’t. they are afraid of them. they just bleat like sheep about others who are faced with life and death situations. they bleat, shoulda , coulda , woulda , but when the rubber meets the road, they fold like a cheap suit. I say put up or shut up. leave the hand wringing at home.

  5. should have read BLM, NOT BAM. MAC SPELL CHECK TRIES TO OUTGUESS YOU EVERY TIME.

  6. Who paid Sharpton, this time.? He doesn’t do anything for free, ya know…. His fifteen minutes have been over for years… Plus, his worn out story, is quite boring…

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