Jury Reaches Verdict in Murder Trial of Kyle Rittenhouse


The jury has reached its decision in the case of the State of Wisconsin v. Kyle Rittenhouse.

Rittenhouse has been found not guilty of all charges.

The 18-year-old faced various charges in relation to the shootings of three men, two of them fatally, during a riot in Kenosha, Wisconsin, on Aug. 25, 2020. Rittenhouse shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, and Anthony Huber, 26, and injured Gaige Grosskreutz as rioters looted and damaged businesses in Kenosha in response to the police shooting of Jacob Blake.

Rittenhouse was 17 years old at the time of the incident.

Specifically, the teen was charged with the following crimes, according to The Associated Press.

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  • First-degree reckless homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • First-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon
  • First-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Attempted first-degree intentional homicide, use of a dangerous weapon
  • First-degree recklessly endangering safety, use of a dangerous weapon
  • Possession of a dangerous weapon by a person under 18
  • Failure to comply with an emergency order from state or local government

Rittenhouse was originally charged with another crime — failure to comply with an emergency order from state or local government — that was later dismissed by Judge Bruce Schroeder.

The prosecution has alleged that Rittenhouse was, in fact, the aggressor in the situation and unnecessarily shot the three men.

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However, evidence found throughout the trial — including evidence provided by the prosecution’s own witnesses — appears to back up the defense’s claims that Rittenhouse acted in self-defense.

One prosecution witness, Richard McGinniss — a video editor for The Daily Caller who was recording the rioting for his outlet — testified that Rosenbaum was lunging at Rittenhouse, attempting to grab his rifle, at the time he was shot.

In response, the prosecutor suggested there was no way McGinniss could have known what Rosenbaum had been attempting to do, saying McGinniss’ assertion that Rosenbaum had been going for the gun was an “interpretation” and “complete guesswork.”

This prompted McGinnis to reply, “Well, he said ‘f*** you’ and then he reached for the weapon.”

Another witness of the prosecution, Grosskreutz admitted he was pointing a handgun at Rittenhouse at the time he was shot.

Never-before-seen FBI aerial footage of the incident revealed during the trial also seemingly corroborated Rittenhouse’s story.

The footage shows three men — presumably Rosenbaum, Huber and Grosskreutz — chasing after Rittenhouse, with the defendant only beginning to fire as the men appear to be within mere feet of him.

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Michael Austin joined The Western Journal as a staff reporter in 2020. Since then, he has authored hundreds of stories, including numerous original reports. He also co-hosts the outlet's video podcast, "WJ Live."
Michael Austin graduated from Iowa State University in 2019. During his time in college, Michael volunteered as a social media influencer for both PragerU and Live Action. After graduation, he went on to work as a freelance journalist for various entertainment news sites before joining The Western Journal in 2020 as a staff reporter.

Since then, Michael has been promoted to the role of supervising staff reporter. His responsibilities now include directing the reporting team.
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