A man accused of assault in a shooting that occurred a week and a half ago in Battle Creek is now looking at murder charges, now that his alleged victim has died.

WWMT reports that 26-year-old James Hatfield was charged with open murder Tuesday in the death of 48-year-old Kelvin Pratcher.

Investigators say that Pratcher was shot in the abdomen late the night of October 15, in the 200 block of Cherry St. Hatfield was arrested a few blocks away by Battle Creek Police Officers, shortly after the incident. A firearm was recovered at the scene.

Pratcher died Monday at Bronson Kalamazoo from his injuries.

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