Ralph Yarl: 84-year-old white man Andrew Lester pleads not guilty over shooting of black teenager who knocked on wrong door

An 84-year-old white man accused of shooting a black teenager has pleaded not guilty in a US court.

Andrew Lester allegedly shot Ralph Yarl after he mistakenly walked up to the man’s house on 115th Street in Kansas City.

The 16-year-old was trying to pick up his younger siblings, who were at a property a street away called 115th Terrace.

Prosecutors claim Lester fired two shots through a glass door with a .32-caliber revolver – hitting Ralph in the head and arm last Thursday.

Ralph then had to go to multiple homes to ask for help, and eventually found someone who would call 911.

While the teenager was being treated in hospital, he told police that the man had said: “Don’t come around here.”

Lester had turned himself in on Tuesday – and had agreed to relinquish his weapons, avoid contacting Ralph and his family, and have his mobile phone monitored.

His swift release on $200,000 (£160,000) bail provoked protests.


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