The good news for Douglas William Bates, an officer with the Department of Homeland Security, is that he's had his charge of voluntary manslaughter dropped in the slaying of 20-year-old Bassim Chmait.
The bad news is that he's now being charged with second degree murder with a gun enhancement.
Apparently there are some discrepencies between his story and the stories of witnesses.
Bates told police that he was checking on a disturbance outside his apartment and that the gun went off when he was being beaten by the group.
But Chmait's friends say Bates pistol-whipped one of them, then shot Chmait when he tried to intervene.
This one should be interesting to watch. With all the problems that the DHS has had since its inception, I'm sure this is goign to turn into yet another politically driven media circus.