Former ETSU student found not guilty of civil rights intimidation

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WASHINGTON COUNTY, Tenn. (WJHL)- After hours of deliberation, jurors came back with a verdict in the case of a former ETSU student accused of civil rights intimidation.

The jurors returned a verdict of NOT guilty on 4 out of 5 counts, including civil rights intimidation.

Rettke dressed up as a gorilla during a black lives matter event on the campus of East Tennessee State University in September 2016.

News Channel 11’s Blake Lipton was inside the courtroom when the verdict was read.

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He reports that the jury only returned a guilty verdict on the count of disrupting an organized event.

The jury recommended a $500 fine.

Rettke will be sentenced on August 14th at 1:30 p.m.

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