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Judge rules white man will stand trial for shooting Ralph Yarl, Black teen who went to wrong house

  • An 84-year-old white homeowner in Missouri is expected to stand trial for shooting a Black teenager who mistakenly went to his home. The homeowner, Andrew Lester, is charged with first-degree assault and armed criminal action. The teenager, Ralph Yarl, suffered a traumatic brain injury but has recovered enough to start his senior year of high school and pursue an engineering degree.
  • The incident happened when Yarl went to the wrong address to pick up his younger brothers. Lester shot Yarl through the door without warning, claiming self-defense and being scared of a potential robbery. Lester's attorney plans to argue self-defense using Missouri's "stand your ground" law.
  • The case has drawn national attention, sparking debates about gun policies and race in America. The prosecuting attorney suggests there was a racial component to the case. Yarl's family has received significant support, raising almost $3.5 million on GoFundMe.
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