ST. JOSEPH, Mo. — A northwest Missouri man who originally was charged with involuntary manslaughter in connection with a fatal shooting now faces a murder charge.

The St. Joseph News-Press reports that 24-year-old Raydel Cespedes of St. Joseph has been charged with second-degree murder and armed criminal action in Buchanan County.

Authorities say Cespedes shot 27-year-old Anthony Miner Jr. during an argument Aug. 10 at Cespedes’ home. Miner died at the scene.

Buchanan County Assistant Prosecutor Ron Holliday filed the amended complaint charges Thursday.

A phone message left by The Associated Press seeking comment from Cespedes’ attorney wasn’t immediately returned.

Cespedes remains in custody on $50,000 bond. He is scheduled to appear in court Friday afternoon.

Information from: St. Joseph News-Press/St. Joe, Missouri,

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