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Kenosha jury found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all charges against him

KENOSHA, Wis. (WXOW) – A jury has found Kyle Rittenhouse not guilty of all five counts against him.

Rittenhouse, the teenager who killed two people and shot another during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was acquitted on Friday of first degree manslaughter and four other felony counts.

Rittenhouse, clad in a dark jacket with a burgundy tie and shirt, stood behind the defense table as each not guilty verdict was read. He fought back tears and seemed to collapse on the table.

The panel of five men and seven women has deliberated for more than 25 hours in the past four days.

Their decision comes after a two-week trial in Kenosha County.


In total, Rittenhouse was charged with five felonies: first degree intentional homicide, first degree reckless homicide, first degree attempted intentional homicide and two counts of first degree reckless breach of security. Jurors were also able to consider less serious offenses for two of the five charges.

The charges stem from the chaotic unrest last year following the Kenosha police shooting against Jacob Blake, a 29-year-old black man.

Amid unrest and riots in Kenosha, Rittenhouse, 17 at the time, picked up an AR-15 style rifle and joined a group of other armed people in the town on August 25, 2020. There , Rittenhouse shot dead Joseph Rosenbaum. – who was chasing the teenager and threw a plastic bag at him – then tried to flee the area. A crowd of people chased the teenager and Rittenhouse shot a stranger who tried to kick him; shot Anthony Huber, who hit him with a skateboard; and injured Gaige Grosskreutz, who was armed with a pistol.

CNN contributed to this report.

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