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TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (AP) — A 19-year-old Terre Haute man faces preliminary charges in the death of a high school student fatally shot during a party.

Nathan G. Derickson was arrested on a preliminary reckless homicide charge Wednesday in 17-year-old William Garett Sands’ death.

Vigo County prosecutors have 72 hours to file formal charges against Derickson, who’s being held on a $50,000 bond at the county jail.

An autopsy showed Sands died from a gunshot wound to the head.

Officers found the Terre Haute South Vigo High School student dead early Wednesday at a Terre Haute home where minors were drinking alcohol during a party.

Police say Derickson was playing with a gun when it discharged and Sands was struck.

WTHI-TV reports that police believe Derickson thought that he had unloaded the weapon.