Rittenhouse, 18, collapsed in tears and hugged his attorney as the jury in his double murder trial acquitted him of all charges after four torturous days of deliberation and weeks of testimony.
The verdict came in at 12.15pm Friday in Kenosha, Wisconsin, leading to fears that the city might once again erupt in violence. Rittenhouse’s mother Wendy was in the public gallery and also burst into tears as the verdicts were read.
He was led out of the cavernous second-floor courtroom immediately after the verdicts were announced. Rittenhouse was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and other counts for killing Joseph Rosenbaum and Anthony Huber and wounding Gaige Grosskreutz on August 25, 2020.
Demonstrators have been gathered outside the Kenosha Courthouse all week, as Wisconsin governor Tony Evers called in 500 members of the Wisconsin National Guard to counter the expected protests.
The verdict marks the explosive end of a trial that has been riddled with controversy and drama that has threatened to derail proceedings more than once.
None of it worked. Kyle is now a free man and he’s getting his AR-15 back! He can now start suing the hell out of these bastards with hugely sympathetic juries!