Kyle Rittenhouse flashed his pearly whites while sitting in the backseat of an SUV and leaving the Kenosha courthouse following Friday's not guilty verdict.
The 18-year-old — who shot and killed two BLM protesters last year — looked happy and relieved to be a free man after being found not guilty on all counts.
In photos obtained by The Sun, Rittenhouse was seen for the first time after the court's decision. Not shying away from the cameras, he grinned from ear-to-ear while being whisked away.
After four days of intense deliberations, the 12-person jury made the unanimous decision not to convict the teen of five charges, including first-degree intentional homicide, 2 counts of first-degree recklessly endangering safety, first-degree reckless homicide, and first-degree attempted intentional homicide.
In 2020, Rittenhouse — then 17 years old — used his semi-automatic rifle to shoot three BLM protestors, killing Joseph Rosenbaum, 36, Anthony M. Huber, 26. He also shot Gaige Grosskreutz, 27, who survived.
The three men were marching the streets in Kenosha to protest the shooting of Jacob Blake, who was left paralyzed after a white cop shot him in the back as his children watched.
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Rittenhouse's legal team claimed it was self-defense, despite the shootings being caught on camera by several protesters. The nation has watched this 2-week trial unfold with many critiquing Judge Bruce Schroeder's methods.
As the verdict was read, Blake's family watched outside the courthouse and showed no emotion.
Huber's family made it clear that they do not agree with the not guilty outcome. "Today’s verdict means there is no accountability for the person who murdered our son. It sends the unacceptable message that armed civilians can show up in any town, incite violence, and then use the danger they have created to justify shooting people in the street," they said in a statement on Friday.
As for Rittenhouse's plans now that he's a free man? His rep claims he's heading to Arizona State University, where he plans on getting his nursing degree.