Halls Rural King shooting: DA makes motion to change charges to first-degree murder
Larry McBee was out on bond from previous charges when the shooting happened.
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - Larry McBee, the 18-year-old man accused of shooting a Rural King employee the week of Christmas, appeared in court Monday. During that appearance, court officials made a motion to amend McBee’s charges from second-degree murder to first-degree murder.
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Around 10:40 a.m. on Dec. 21, officers responded to the Rural King for a possible shooting. Once on the scene, deputies learned that McBee was attempting to shoplift ammunition and bungee cords when an employee, identified as 23-year-old Tristan Smith, approached him.
According to officials, McBee got into a “scuffle” with Smith outside behind the business when he shot and killed the employee with a small caliber gun, according to officials.
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A judge set McBee’s bond at $2 million for a second-degree murder charge following the deadly shooting. The judge had initially set a bond for other charges, which was revoked, according to officials with the Knox Co. District Attorney’s Office.
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McBee was out on bond from previous charges when the shooting happened.
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