KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (WATE) — The charge against the 18-year-old arrested after a Rural King employee in Halls was fatally shot has been upgraded to first-degree murder.

The Knox County District Attorney’s Office filed a motion on Monday to charge Larry McBee Jr., 18, with first-degree murder in the shooting death of 23-year-old Tristan Smith. The motion was granted.

McBee was indicted on the first-degree murder charge in March 2023.

Larry McBee, 18

Smith was shot and killed while working at Rural King on Dec 22. McBee was arrested at 3:38 a.m. on Dec. 23 at a residence on McDonald Road after an overnight manhunt.

Knox County Sheriff Tom Spangler said following the shooting that Smith approached a shoplifting suspect in the store before he was shot during a “scuffle” behind the business.

His $2 million bond was revoked following a hearing on Dec. 28.

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McBee also faces charges of especially aggravated robbery, evading arrest, and possession of drug paraphernalia stemming from two separate, unrelated incidents in October.