MATTHEWS, NC (FOX 46 WJZY) - The charges have been reduced for the Butler High School student accused of fatally shooting a classmate in October.
16-year-old Jatwan Cuffie is now facing a second-degree murder charge instead of the first-degree murder charge he was initially arrested for.
Cuffie reportedly shot Bobby McKeithen, also 16, around 7:10 a.m. on Oct. 29 in the hallway of the high school. McKeithen was taken to the hospital where he tragically died.
The student resource officer at the school notified police of the shooting, and Cuffie was taken into custody without incident.
The deadly incident came after an altercation that took place in a Harris Teeter parking lot just days before, according to a statement taken at the Mecklenburg County Arrest Processing Center.
In the statement given the day he was arrested, Cuffie told police that "he didn't want to do it." His next court date has not yet been set.