Andrew Lester set to stand trial over shooting of Black teen Ralph Yarl

The elderly Kansas City man who shot a Black teen after he rang his doorbell by mistake will stand trial in the high-profile case.

Clay County Judge Louis Angles has ruled that Andrew Lester, 84, must face trial over the 13 April shooting of 16-year-old Ralph Yarl. Mr Lester opened fire on Yarl after the teen accidentally arrived at the wrong home when picking up his siblings.

Yarl was injured in the head and his right arm. The incident sparked condemnation and heated debates about gun violence and racial profiling across the nation.

Judge Angles’s ruling on Thursday came after a preliminary hearing in which several witnesses, including Yarl, took the stand.

Mr Lester is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. He has pleaded not guilty to the charges.

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