Kyle Rittenhouse was an Illinois resident that shot and killed three people at a Wisconsin protest in 2013. Rittenhouse was not found guilty of all charges.
After four days of deliberation, the 12-member jury reached its verdict Friday. Outside the courthouse protestors in support and against Rittenhouse waited for the verdict. Rittenhouse faced six charges in totalThis includes charges for first-degree reckless murder and reckless endangerment.
Rittenhouse killed two men and shot three others during demonstrations held in Kenosha last summer. the police shooting of Jacob Blake, a Black man. Rittenhouse (17 years old) told a juror that he took an AK-style semiautomatic weapon, which he used to protect his property against rioters, to the protest.
Rittenhouse killed Joseph Rosenbaum at 36, when he was not armed and was following Rittenhouse in a confrontation. This video from the trial shows.
Jason Lackowski, a former Marine testified during the trialRosenbaum was not considered a threat by Rittenhouse, who was also carrying an AR-15 rifle.
Rosenbaum asked Lackowski “very bluntly to shoot him” and did “false stepping … to entice somebody to do something,” Lackowski testified.
“After he had done that a few times, I turned my back to him and ignored him,” Lackowski added.
Rittenhouse, however, testified that Rosenbaum was his target because he had a fear for his own life.
“He was chasing me. “He was following me. He threatened to kill me earlier that night,” Rittenhouse said. “I didn’t want to have to shoot him. I pointed at him because he kept running at me and I didn’t want him to chase me.”
Rittenhouse also stated that he went to Kenosha for medical assistance and carried a bag of medics. However, he did not give Rosenbaum first aid after shooting him. As the man was dying, Rittenhouse called 911 instead. Rittenhouse phoned a friendThe video evidence at the trial revealed that he then fled the scene.
Rittenhouse was stopped by several witnesses who said he was running for police.
In an effort to stop Rittenhouse, 26-year-old Anthony Huber hit Rittenhouse on the skateboard. Rittenhouse opened fire on Huber with his gun and shot him once in the chest. He later died.
Rittenhouse also wounded paramedic Gaige grosskreutz. Grosskreutz was also armed with a gunHowever, Rittenhouse did shoot him. He testified that his arms had been raised to surrender.
Rittenhouse cried last week on the stand while testifying about that evening.
Sometimes, tension was high during the trial. At one point Judge Bruce Schroeder even dismissed the jury. to angrily shout at prosecutorThomas Binger, for questioning that was previously inadmissible. This led to Rittenhouse’s legal team asking Schroeder to declare a mistrial, which ultimately failed.
Schroeder also challenged basic technology. A pinch-to zoom function that was presented as evidence confused him. ranted about troubleHe was reportedly a regular user of his phone. One point in the trial Schroeder’s phone began ringing. It played Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA,” a favorite rally song of former President Donald Trump.
Schroeder picked the jury for The New York Times in one day. “unusually swift process” that resulted in an “overwhelmingly white” jury. After several days, one juror was fired. making a racist joke about Blake ― the Black man shot by Kenosha police ― to a deputy.
“Why did it take seven shots to shoot Jacob Blake?” the juror asked the deputy. The juror then answered: “Because they ran out of bullets.”
The jury’s decision was announced. hundreds of National Guard troopsWe were at Kenosha’s request, on standby. Tony Evers (D).