Ralph Yarl family, attorneys give update on teen’s health and address case being sealed

Published: Jun. 1, 2023 at 2:46 PM CDT
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KANSAS CITY, Mo. (KCTV) - The family of 17-year-old Ralph Yarl, who was shot twice when he knocked on the wrong door attempting to pick up his brothers in Kansas City, held a virtual press conference Thursday afternoon.

Yarl’s family and representatives addressed the Clay County Court’s decision to seal the case of 84-year-old Andrew Lester from the public, as well as Thursday’s docket call and the procedural posture of the criminal case. They also addressed Yarl’s current condition.

The Staley High School student appeared Monday at a Memorial Day run.

Lester, who shot Yarl on April 13, 2023, appeared in court Thursday at 1:30 p.m.

Yarl’s family was joined by attorneys Lee Merritt and Ben Crump during the virtual press conference.