Self-defense argument rejected in shooting over fireworks

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A man who shot a teenager as several people shot fireworks at him will not be able to claim self-defense during his upcoming trial.

Twenty-year-old Rashan Gill, of Lawrence, is scheduled to go on trial Jan. 14 for criminal discharge of a weapon.

The Lawrence Journal-World reports Gill is accused of shooting at a group of people who were firing Roman candle fireworks at him and his apartment on July 5. One of the shots hit a 17-year-old girl who was in the group's car. She suffered serious injuries but survived.

Gill's attorney planned to use Kansas' stand-your-ground law to claim Gill was justified in the shooting.

The Douglas County District Attorney said this week that a judge rejected that defense and ordered Gill to stand trial on the criminal charge.

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