CLEARED

US teenager cleared over Kenosha killings

They reached their verdict after more than three days of deliberations.

In Summary

•During the high profile and politically divisive trial, his defence said he had feared for his life.

•Prosecutors argued he was looking for trouble that night.

A US teenager who shot and killed two men during racial justice protests has been cleared of homicide after claiming self-defence.

Kyle Rittenhouse, 18, killed the men and wounded a third on the streets of Kenosha, Wisconsin, on 25 August 2020.

During the high profile and politically divisive trial, his defence said he had feared for his life. Prosecutors argued he was looking for trouble that night.

National Guard troops have been sent to the city amid fears of unrest.

Mr Rittenhouse's fate was decided by a 12-person jury composed of seven women and five men.

They reached their verdict after more than three days of deliberations.

US teenager cleared over Kenosha killings.
US teenager cleared over Kenosha killings.
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