Charges against a man accused in the shooting death of a Starkville High School football player have been upgraded to capital murder by West Point Police officials on Monday afternoon, The West Point Daily Times Leader reports.
Tavaris F. Collins, 31, had the charges upgraded since he is a convicted felon and was legally prohibited from owning firearms, police said.
Collins is accused in the shooting of Devin Mitchell, 16, the leading receiver for Starkville High School’s football team in 2011. Mitchell was shot and killed early Sunday in West Point.
Starkville school district Interim Superintendent Beth Sewell called Mitchell a student of great promise in a statement.
“The Starkville School District is deeply saddened by Devin’s tragic death,” she said. “His untimely death is a grievous loss to the Yellowjacket family. Our hearts go out to Devin’s family, friends and classmates. We ask that you remember them and the entire Starkville High School family in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time.”