Ralph Yarl: Andrew Lester, accused of taking pictures black teen, turns himself in


An 84-year-old man in Missouri accused of capturing a black youngster who mistakenly rang his doorbell has became himself in, authorities said.

Andrew Lester was once launched after posting 10% of the whole $200,000 (£160,000) bail amount.

Mr Lester, who is white, allegedly shot Ralph Yarl, 16, who is black, as soon as in the head and as soon as in the arm remaining Thursday night. The boy survived.

He has been charged with first-degree assault and armed crook action.

A prosecutor stated there was once a "racial component" to the shooting.

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Mr Lester has now not been charged with a hate crime, and charging files do no longer describe any alleged racial bias.

The youngster advised authorities he had mistakenly approached Mr Lester's domestic in Kansas City, Missouri, closing Thursday night time to select up his youthful twin brothers, using to Northeast a hundred and fifteen Street rather of Northeast one hundred and fifteenth Terrace, which is one block away.

After Ralph rang the doorbell, Mr Lester shot him twice - as soon as in the brow and as soon as in the arm. No phrases have been exchanged earlier than the property owner opened hearth with a .32 revolver, prosecutors said.

Mr Lester has no longer denied capturing the boy, telling authorities he believed he was once defending himself from a confrontation. Prosecutors have stated that Ralph "did now not pass the threshold" of Mr Lester's home.

Police at the start detained Mr Lester for questioning and launched him besides charges, sparking protests all through Kansas City on Sunday.

On Monday, prosecutor Zachary Thompson introduced Mr Lester had been charged with first-degree assault and armed crook action. If convicted, he may want to face lifestyles in prison.

On Tuesday, Ralph's mom Cleo Nagbe instructed CBS News that her son had back domestic from hospital, surrounded by using a crew of scientific professionals.

He is anticipated to recover, Ms Nagbe said, amazing his personal doctors, who stated they had no thought how he survived.

Lee Merritt, a legal professional for the Yarl family, advised BBC News that Ralph used to be struggling from speech troubles and had a lengthy street to recovery.

"I assume he is an magnificent kid," stated Mr Merritt. He stated the boy used to be amazed by means of all the interest the case has been getting.

"It's a large deal due to the fact the neighborhood is worn-out of their youth being victimised and Ralph will make the change."

He delivered that Ralph had spoken on the telephone with US Vice-President Kamala Harris.

The legal professional stated the household used to be no longer upset that Mr Lester had no longer been charged with tried murder.

"I do not desire to create a greater burden for prosecutors to meet," stated Mr Merritt. "I favor him to be locked away for the relaxation of his lifestyles and so these fees are sufficient."

Hundreds of protesters held a rally backyard the neighborhood courtroom on Tuesday the place many denounced the suspect's bail posting. 

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