- Associated Press - Thursday, April 21, 2016

PIERRE, S.D. (AP) - The South Dakota Supreme Court has upheld the conviction of a Pierre teenager convicted of killing a classmate.

Attorney General Marty Jackley announced the decision on Thursday.

The lawyer for 19-year-old Braiden McCahren had argued that his client was been denied his right to defend himself against a lesser charge.

McCahren was convicted in September 2014 of second-degree murder in the December 2012 death of 16-year-old Dalton Williams. McCahren was 16 at the time of the shooting but was tried as an adult. He was later sentenced to 15 years in prison.

Authorities said the shooting happened in McCahren’s home after an argument about a paintball incident. McCahren also was convicted of aggravated assault for pointing a shotgun at another classmate and pulling the trigger. The gun didn’t fire.

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