Jury Has Reached a Verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse Homicide Trial

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In August 2020, Kyle Rittenhouse, who was 17 years old at the time, shot three people, killing two of them. Those are the facts. The question for the jury members was whether or not the shooting was self-defense or homicide.

Rittenhouse pled innocent to all charges against him. He claimed, “I didn’t do anything wrong. I defended myself.” 

Over the course of two weeks, the jury listened to arguments from both sides. They listened to 22 witnesses. They watched more than 12 videos.

According to Wisconsin law, in order for Rittenhouse to be found guilty, the prosecution would have to prove beyond a shadow of a doubt that his actions were not self defense. According to the instructions given to the jury, “The defendant may intentionally use force which is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily harm only if the defendant reasonably believed that the force used was necessary to prevent imminent death or great bodily harm to himself.”

During the closing arguments, Rittenhouse’s attorney, Mark Richards, explained, “Every person who was shot was attacking Kyle. One with a skateboard, one with his hands, and one with his feet, one with a gun.” He added, “Hands and feet can cause great bodily harm.”

Then, during four days, the jury deliberated for more than 25 hours. During that time, they asked if they could rewatch some of the video footage that was presented as evidence in the case.

Today, the jury has announced their decision, and Rittenhouse practically collapsed when he heard the verdict.

The jury found Rittenhouse innocent of all five charges that were brought against him. These charges include first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, attempted first-degree intentional homicide as well as two counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety.

Do you think the jury made the right decision? Do you believe Rittenhouse was acting in self-defense?