Kyle Rittenhouse was cleared from all charges. The teenager was accused of killing two people and shooting another during a protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin on 25 August last year.
The 18-year-old was charged with reckless homicide in the killing of Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and intentional homicide in the death of Anthony Huber, 26.
According to CNN, the jury of five men and seven women deliberated more than 25 hours over the past four days in a closely watched case. As the verdict was read, some jury in the panel appeared fatigued.
CNN also reported that Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of not less than five charges as follow:
- First-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon: Rittenhouse recklessly caused the death of Joseph Rosenbaum under circumstances that showed utter disregard for human life.
- First-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon: Rittenhouse recklessly endangered the safety of a journalist called Richard McGinniss, under circumstances that show utter disregard for human life.
- First-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon: Rittenhouse recklessly endangered the safety of an unknown male, referred to as “jump kick man” in court, under circumstances that show utter disregard for human life.
- First-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon: Rittenhouse caused the death of Anthony Huber, with intent to kill him as Huber swung his skateboard at Rittenhouse after Rosenbaum was fatally shot.
- Attempted first-degree intentional homicide, use of a weapon: Rittenhouse attempted to cause the death of 27-year-old Gaige Grosskreutz, with intent to kill him.
The verdict raised disappointment from the public, especially from the victims’ family members. Huber’s parents even issued a statement expressing their disappointment, as reported by NBC.
“Today’s verdict means there is no accountability for the person who murdered our son. It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street.”