KENOSHA, Wis. (WXOW) - Following Friday afternoon's not guilty verdicts in Kyle Rittenhouse's trial, one of his attorneys spoke to the media to give his perspective on the case.
Mark Richards commented on all aspects of the case in a 25 minute news conference near the Kenosha County Courthouse about an hour after the verdicts were read in the courtroom.
"We're very happy with the verdict. We're happy that the jury took the time and put in an incredible amount of effort. There were times we doubted the case. There were times we confident. To say that we were relieved would be a gross misunderstatement," he said.
Richards said that his client had already left Kenosha and was returning home. He said that Rittenhouse wants to get on with his life. Richards also said that Kyle wishes none of this would have ever happened. Later in the news conference, he said that Rittenhouse would eventually like to become a nurse.
Richards also said Judge Bruce Schroeder gave a fair trial. He said that he'd argued several cases before Schroeder before the Rittenhouse trial both as a prosecutor and defense attorney. "judge Schroeder gives you a fair trial as a defendant. You don't want him to sentence your client. But in this case, we were looking for a fair trial, and if we lost, we knew what was going to happen. So it wouldn't have mattered whether it was that judge or some other judge, he's (Kyle) getting life in prison. So I'd rather have a fair trial. I thought he gave us a fair trial."
Earlier in the week, prosecutors said that they would not be speaking to the media after the verdict came down.
Prosecutor Thomas Binger released a statement later Friday afternoon.
"The jury, representing our community, has rendered its verdict in the Kyle Rittenhouse case. While we are disappointed with the verdict, it must be respected. We are grateful to the members of the jury for their diligent and thoughtful deliberations. The Kenosha community has endured much over the past 15 months, and yet we remain resilient and strong. We ask that members of our community continue to express their opinions and feelings about this verdict in a civil and peaceful manner."
Kenosha County District Attorney Michael Graveley also issued a brief statement.
"We respect the jury verdict based on three and a half days of careful deliberations. Certainly, issues regarding the privilege of self-defense remain highly contentious in our current times. We ask that all members of the public accept the verdicts peacefully and not resort to violence."