On Friday, a jury acquitted Kyle Rittenhouse in connection with last year’s protest shooting in Kenosha, Wisconsin, that killed two demonstrators and injured a third.
Kenosha County jurors found Rittenhouse, 18, not guilty of all charges — reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, first-degree recklessly endanger safety, attempted first-degree intentional homicide.
Rittenhouse was criminally charged for the August 2020 shooting that killed Joesph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured a third man. At the time, demonstrators were in Kenosha protesting the officer-related shooting of Jacob Blake, who was paralyzed after being shot seven times in the back.
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Before juror deliberations, Kenosha County Judge Bruce Schroeder dismissed a weapons charge against Rittenhouse, who was 17 at the time of last year’s shooting. The decision to drop the charge came after Rittenhouse’s defense team argued that hunting laws made it permittable for Rittenhouse to carry the type of weapon used in the fatal shooting.
Rittenhouse, who is from Illinois, was accused of using an AR-15-style weapon to carry out last year’s shooting in Wisconsin. He claimed while at the protest, he was hit in the head and neck with a baseball bat and skateboard. While medics reportedly observed superficial scratches on his arm, they did not see any bruising or cuts.
Rittenhouse’s friend, Dominick Black, 19, allegedly asked Rittenhouse to join him in protecting a Car Source business during the protest. However, multiple reports indicated that the owner of the Car Source never asked the pair to guard his business.
Black was arrested last November for allegedly buying the gun Rittenhouse used in the deadly shooting. Black allegedly used Rittenhouse’s money to make the purchase in Ladysmith, Wisconsin, but the weapon was registered to Black’s name.
After the shooting, Black allegedly drove Rittenhouse back to Antioch, Illinois, where Rittenhouse was arrested days later.
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