Kyle Rittenhouse, the teenager who killed two people and shot another during unrest in Kenosha, Wisconsin, was acquitted Friday of first-degree murder and four other counts.
The jury verdicts from the trial seem to provide some insight into the jury deliberation process.
The papers were filed with the Circuit Court Clerk Kenosha. They show that the presiding judge in the case signed only two of the five “not guilty” convictions today. The other three sheets of “not guilty” verdicts were dated Wednesday and Thursday.
The 54th jury, who presided over the trial in the case, today signed a “not guilty” verdict on counts 1 and 2. Rittenhouse faces 1st degree reckless murder charges for having shot and killed Joseph Rosenbaum in issue 1. The 2nd Earl claimed that Rittenhouse recklessly jeopardized the safety of Richard McGinnis, who had been near Rittenhouse during the first shooting.
The presiding juror in the case, signed the “not guilty” verdict for No. 5, on Thursday. Rittenhouse was charged at number 5 with first-degree murder for shooting Gaige Grosskreutz.
A grand jury of 54 signed “not guilty” verdicts on charges 3 and 4 on Wednesday. The 4th Earl, the heaviest charge Rittenhouse faces, is first-degree murder for the shooting death of Anthony Huber. Rittenhouse has been charged at number 3 with first degree reckless conduct endangering the safety of an unnamed man.
The 12-person jury discussed for more than 25 hours over four days.