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Teenager will stand trial for murder in Omaha mall shooting

Westroads evacuation
Posted at 5:21 PM, May 26, 2021
and last updated 2021-05-26 18:21:56-04

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) — A 16-year-old will stand trial for first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man at Westroads Mall in Omaha.

A judge ruled Wednesday that Makhi Woolridge-Jones, of Omaha, will also be tried for first-degree assault and two firearms charges related to the shooting April 17.

One dead following shooting at Westroads Mall

He is accused of fatally shooting Trequez Swift and injuring 22-year-old Ja’Keya Veland. Police have said the shooting was gang-related.

A police detective testified that Swift was shot twice as he ran from Wooldridge-Jones after they argued. He died about three hours later at a hospital.

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