By: Konrad Holden
A jury of 7 women and 5 men found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all five charges levied against him by the Kenosha County District Attorney’s office. The charges included two felony counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, and attempted first-degree intentional homicide. The teenager broke down in court as the not-guilty verdicts were read.
It’s been three weeks since the Kyle Rittenhouse trial began and we finally have a verdict.
Not guilty on all counts.
Rittenhouse was accused of murdering two men, recklessly endangering two others, and attempting to kill another. He pleaded not guilty to all charges.
Over the course of the trial, a key witness admitted to pointing a gun at Rittenhouse before the 17-year-old shot him, another key witness said the prosecutors asked him to change his statement, and the judge yelled at the lead prosecutor for violating Rittenhouse’s 5th amendment right to silence.
Also during the trial, Rittenhouse himself took the stand to tell his side of the story for the first time since last year. Rittenhouse broke down on the stand as he was asked to explain the shooting of his first attacker.
Shortly after the verdict, Rittenhouse’s lead defense attorney Mark Richards told reporters, “He has to get on with his life the best he can. I think eventually some anonymity will come back to it. He's had 24 hours security since this happened.”
"We're happy that the jury took the time, put in an incredible amount of effort. There were times we doubted the case, there were times we were confident.” - Mark Richards, Kyle Rittenhouse’s attorney