The man who prosecutors had argued was the triggerman in the deaths of a little girl and her father was acquitted Monday of all charges related to the case.
Rittenhouse was a key witness in the trial of 45-year-old Michael Voshell, who was found guilty of negligent homicide and reckless homicide in the shooting deaths of 5-year-old Resiya Fitzpatrick and her father, 29-year-old Chris Fitzpatrick in October 2012.
A jury of three men and 12 women deadlocked in Rittenhouse’s case after two days of deliberations, leaving the judge to declare a mistrial.
Rittenhouse had testified that he shot, and that Voshell carried the gun for purposes of drug trade. Rittenhouse then put the handgun under his pillow and went to sleep with the gun next to him.
After killing Chris Fitzpatrick, Rittenhouse then shot Resiya Fitzpatrick in the back, according to police reports. Both children were struck as they were in the back of the head, while playing at home.
After the mistrial, Rittenhouse was taken to the Milwaukee County Jail and will remain there, pending his second trial for fatally shooting another person.
Earlier this month, Rittenhouse pleaded guilty to a charge of recklessly endangering safety for the death of Jordan Dominguez, a 19-year-old who was killed just blocks from the home where Resiya Fitzpatrick was shot.
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That plea deal also drew the ire of the victim’s family, who said they were upset the terms of the deal excluded any jail time.
Family reacts to Rittenhouse guilty plea for shooting death of Jordan Dominguez Police say Rittenhouse and his girlfriend were dating Jordan, who died from a gunshot wound that happened two blocks from Rittenhouse’s home in Wauwatosa, Wis.
The two killings represent at least a half-dozen homicides that have been ruled homicides in Milwaukee County since the summer of 2016, each with a different and different explanation.
There is no public record of charges against Rittenhouse in the following deaths.