Huffman High School junior charged in fatal shooting of classmate

Authorities investigate the scene of a shooting at Huffman High School in Birmingham, Alabama, on Wednesday.
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JEFFERSON COUNTY, Ala. ( -- Authorities have now filed formal charges against a Huffman High School student in Wednesday's deadly shooting of a classmate.

Michael Jerome Barber is charged with manslaughter and certain persons forbidden to possess pistol for bringing a gun onto campus in the death of 17-year-old Courtlin Arrington, said Jefferson County District Attorney Mike Anderton, call the death a "horrific tragedy.''

The Jefferson County District Attorney's Office on Friday announced the murder charge against the 17-year-old, a Huffman junior and wide receiver on the school's football team. Barber has been held in the Birmingham City Jail following his release from UAB Hospital just hours after the shooting.

He will now be transferred to the Jefferson County Jail where he will be held on $75,300 bond. Birmingham police detectives took their evidence to prosecutors for review of potential charges on Thursday and they resumed that review Friday morning before issuing the warrant.

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