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Kyle Rittenhouse was acquitted of all charges Friday after pleading self-defense in the deadly Kenosha shootings that became a flashpoint in the debate over guns, vigilantism and racial injustice in the U.S.
Watch Richards’ remarks in the player above.
Rittenhouse, 18, began to choke up, fell forward toward the defense table and then hugged one of his attorneys as he heard a court clerk recite “not guilty” five times.
Rittenhouse’s defense attorney, Mark Richards, said his client was greatly relieved by the verdict.
“There were times we doubted the case. There were times we were confident and to say that we were relieved would be a gross misunderstatement. And Kyle is not here. He’s on his way home. He wants to get on with his life. He has a huge sense of relief for what the jury did to him today,” Richards told reporters.
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