After four days of deliberation, the jury reached a verdict in the murder trial of Kyle Rittenhouse after the deaths of two protesters in Kenosha and found that he is not guilty of all the charges against him.
Rittenhouse, 18, was charged with killing two men and wounding a third with a rifle during a turbulent night of protests in the city of Kenosha in mid-2020, after a black man, Jacob Blake, was shot by a white police officer.
Rittenhouse argued that he fired in self-defense after the men attacked him. The victims were identified as Anthony Huber, 26, and Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, who was shot four times.
The young man faced charges of intentional homicide, reckless manslaughter, attempted murder, endangering safety, and failure to comply with an emergency order from the state or local government.
Authorities fear that the jury’s decision could spark a wave of protests in Kenosha. Hundreds of police officers have been guarding the surroundings of the court since the trial began.
Witness video captured Rosenbaum chasing Rittenhouse through a parking lot and throwing a plastic bag at him. Rittenhouse flees behind a car and Rosenbaum follows. Rittenhouse is then seen circling and shooting as Rosenbaum chased after him. Richie McGinniss, a reporter following Rittenhouse, testified that Rosenbaum pounced on Rittenhouse’s gun.
As for Huber, the other fatality, a video captured Rittenhouse running down the street after shooting Rosenbaum as he fell to the street. Huber jumps up at him and balances a skateboard on his head and neck and tries to grab Rittenhouse’s gun before Rittenhouse shoots. However, Rittenhouse later shot Huber.