Kyle Rittenhouse (left), a 17-year-old from Antioch, fatally shot two people in Kenosha in August 2020. To the right is Ryan Balch, a member of the far-right extremist group the “Boogaloo Bois.”

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Trial of Kyle Rittenhouse: Not guilty on all counts

The jury, which appeared to be overwhelmingly white, found Rittenhouse not guilty on all counts after more than three days of deliberations.

Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges Friday after pleading self-defense in the deadly Kenosha shootings that became a flashpoint in the nation’s debate over guns, vigilantism and racial injustice.

Rittenhouse, 18, cried and hugged one of his attorneys upon hearing the verdict.

He had been charged with homicide, attempted homicide and reckless endangering after killing two men and wounding a third with an AR-style semi-automatic rifle during a tumultuous night of protests over police violence against Black people in the summer of 2020. The former police youth cadet is white, as were those he shot.

The jury, which appeared to be overwhelmingly white, deliberated for close to 3 1/2 days.

Rittenhouse could have gotten life in prison if found guilty on the most serious charge, first-degree intentional homicide, or what some other states call first-degree murder.

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