PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - A court hearing this week in Pierre will determine whether the case of a 17-year-old boy accused of killing a classmate will be transferred from adult to juvenile court.
Braiden McCahren has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, attempted first-degree murder and aggravated assault in the Dec. 18 shooting death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams.
McCahren is accused of shooting Williams with a shotgun after first pointing the weapon at another 16-year-old boy following an argument about a paintball game.
Prosecutor Mike Moore says that if the case is moved to the juvenile system, the state could hold him in custody only until he turns 21. But McCahren could face life in prison if convicted of murder in adult court.
The hearing is scheduled for Thursday and Friday.