BATTLE CREEK, MICH. - A teenager, Charles Coleman, 16, of Battle Creek, was arraigned Friday on charges of assault with intent to murder, armed robbery and felony firearm.
Coleman is charged with the April 4 shooting of Eric Thomas Jr., 18, of Battle Creek during what Battle Creek police have said was a drug purchase. Coleman appeared in Calhoun County District Court on the charges, which carry a penalty of up to life in prison if he is convicted.
Coleman is a juvenile but prosecutors have charged him as an adult. Police allege that Coleman shot Thomas in the neck from close range outside the Cliff Street Grocery, 81 Cliff St. about 9:35 p.m. as he and others had gathered for a sale of marijuana.
According to investigators, a store video shows several young men standing together when Coleman steps forward and shoots Thomas.
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Thomas was expected to recover from his wounds.
Magistrate David Heiss set bond at $50,000 and scheduled a preliminary examination for April 28. Coleman has prior charges of home invasion, larceny, breaking and entering and assault and battery.
He is being held at the Calhoun County juvenile home. Two other teens have been arrested on armed robbery charges.
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