Jury selection will begin Tuesday for a man charged with second-degree murder in the shooting death of a 20-year-old woman last year.
Frederick Wade was initially charged with manslaughter in the killing of Kalil McCoy until the charge was upgraded in January.
The upgraded charge was not because of any new developments or evidence in the case, but because the original prosecutor, Sam Garrison, filed a manslaughter charge, and the prosecutor who took over the case after him, Joel Powell, felt a second-degree murder charge was more appropriate.
The murder charge carries a sentence of 25 years to life in prison, if convicted.
A third prosecutor took over the case after Powell left the state attorney's office.
Police said Wade admitted to handling a gun when it discharged during a struggle in a SUV in June, killing McCoy. The two of them and three others had left a nightclub in the SUV.
Two of those suspects, Kennard Mahone and Jonathan Brooks, pleaded guilty to being accessories after the fact after they admitted they helped dispose of McCoy's body.
Both were expected to testify against Wade.
Alfred Mears, the third man charged as an accessory, was still going through the pretrial process.
McCoy and the four suspects were classmates at Andrew Jackson High School, where McCoy graduated from weeks before her death in June.