After interviews with witnesses, the Prosecutors Office has decided to downgrade the charges from Second Degree Murder to Manslaughter against Kayden May, 18 of Texarkana, Arkansas in the apparent accidental shooting death of 18-year-old Abbigale Thacker of Texarkana, Arkansas that occurred last Thursday.

Updated posting on the TAPD Facebook page:

Several factors are considered when charging an individual with a particular crime. After further investigation, interviews with several parties and consultation with the Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, it was determined that Manslaughter is a more appropriate charge for the circumstances of the shooting death of Abbigale Thacker.

The Texarkana Arkansas Police Department expresses our condolences to all affected by this tragedy. We pray for peace and healing in the days to come.

Texarkana Arkansas Police posted this initial report on their Facebook Page Thursday afternoon following the arrest:

On this date at 5:30pm, the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department responded to the 200 block of South Mosley Road, in reference to a reported accidental shooting. Upon officers arrival they located Abbigale Thacker, 18yoa female, deceased with a single gunshot wound.

The Texarkana Arkansas Criminal Investigation Division responded to continue the investigation which subsequently led to the arrest of Kayden May, w/m 18, who has been arrested and charged with murder in the second degree.

No further arrests are expected.

This is an ongoing investigation, any additional information you may have that can help should be directed to the Texarkana Arkansas Police Department at (903) 798-3130.

Kayden May - TAPD
Kayden May - TAPD


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