GREENSBORO, NC - An Eastern Guilford High School student arrested and charged with the murder of the Food Lion security guard, Anthony Charles Smith, on October 8, 2016.

Courtesy: High Point Detention Center
Courtesy: High Point Detention Center

Nature Maurice Williams, 16, made is first appearance in court on Wednesday. The judge said he is charged with First Degree Murder and Robbery with a Firearm or Deadly Weapon. The maximum penalty for the first degree murder charge is life in prison without parole. Because Williams is 16 he cannot receive the death penalty.

“We were already deeply saddened by the senseless loss of life in our community. This latest news simply compounds the tragedy.” Nora Carr, chief of staff, Guilford County Schools.

Tips came into the Greensboro Police after extensive media coverage, which led to the arrest of Williams, police said.

Smith, 51, was working as an armed security guard at the Food Lion on E. Market St. when Williams came in, shot him in the head, took his gun and ran, according to police reports.

In addition to murder charges Williams is facing charges for stealing Smith's gun.

Police want to thank the public for helping them solve this crime.

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