This story updated at 4:58 p.m. to correct the victim's age.

BARSTOW Trial is set to begin for two men involved in the 2009 killing of a Los Angeles man shot by the victim during a failed robbery attempt in Barstow.

Ricardo Lewis, 53, of Los Angeles, is set to face trial Wednesday for robbery and the murder of his alleged partner in crime, Henry Jackson III, 57. He could face 25 years to life in prison if convicted.

At the same time the victim, Barstow resident Paul Arreola, 38, will face trial for marijuana cultivation and possession of marijuana and narcotics with intent to sell evidence for which was found during investigation of the incident. If convicted, he could face three to four years in prison.

In June 2009 Jackson, Lewis and Stefan Copeland, 38, of Barstow, allegedly attempted to rob Arreola at his Barstow home on the 1100 block of Teton Drive. When attacked, Arreola shot and killed Jackson, though he was not charged in Jackson's death because police determined he acted out of self-defense. Arreola was charged after scene investigators found a marijuana cultivation system at the home as well as large amounts of narcotics.

Subsequently Lewis and Copeland were charged with robbery and murder under the "provocative act" doctrine, which allows for one to be charged for the murder of those killed during criminal acts under certain provisions.

Copeland pleaded guilty to voluntary manslaughter on Feb. 8 after Deputy District Attorney Sean Daugherty lessened the charges. He was sentenced to six years in prison.

Both Lewis and Arreola are scheduled to stand trial at 11 a.m. Wednesday at Barstow Superior Court.

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