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Man arrested for international village apartments shooting now facing murder charge

Tristin Spencer

A man who says he killed someone in self-defense is now facing a murder charge.

Posted: Dec. 6, 2017 1:00 PM
Updated: Dec. 6, 2017 1:03 PM

VIGO COUNTY, Ind. (WTHI) — A man who says he killed someone in self-defense is now facing a murder charge.

Tristin Spencer appeared in court Wednesday morning.

He was originally facing a charge of voluntary manslaughter. On Wednesday in court, a not guilty plea was entered.

This stems from a shooting at the International Village Apartments on Nov. 30. Police say there was a verbal argument between Robert James Archer and Spencer.

The report states Spencer told police Archer called him a derogatory name and that led to a fight. Detectives say Spencer shot Archer during the incident. Archer later died at an area hospital.

Spencer now has a trial date set for March. If found guilty he could face 45 to 65 years in prison.

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